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Title: NTS MC&A History

Abstract

Within the past three and a half years, the Nevada Test Site (NTS) has progressed from a Category IV to a Category I nuclear material facility. In accordance with direction from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator, NTS received shipments of large quantities of special nuclear material from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and other sites in the DOE complex. December 2004 was the first occurrence of Category I material at the NTS, with the exception of two weeks of sub-critical underground testing in 2001, since 1992. The Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) program was originally a jointlab effort by LANL, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Bechtel Nevada, but in March 2006 the NNSA Nevada Site Office appointed the NTS Management and Operations contractor with sole responsibility. This paper will discuss the process and steps taken to transition the NTS MC&A program from multiple organizations to a single entity and from a Category IV to a Category I program. This transition flourished as MC&A progressed from the 2004 Office of Assessment (OA) rating of “Significant Weakness” to the 2007 OA assessment rating of “Effective Performance.” The paper will provide timelines, funding andmore » staffing issues, OA assessment findings and corrective actions, and future expectations. The process has been challenging, but MC&A’s innovative responses to the challenges have been very successful.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
934449
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-484
TRN: US0804014
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: INMM 49th Annual Conference; Nashville, TN; July 13-17, 2008
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; CONTRACTORS; LANL; LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY; MANAGEMENT; NEVADA TEST SITE; PERFORMANCE; SECURITY; TESTING; History; MC&A Program; Nevada Test Site

Citation Formats

Mary Alice Price, and Kim Young. NTS MC&A History. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Mary Alice Price, & Kim Young. NTS MC&A History. United States.
Mary Alice Price, and Kim Young. Tue . "NTS MC&A History". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/934449.
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