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Members of S.C. Delegation Confirms WH Visit to Save Embattled Plutonium Plant, But Won’t Talk Details

A delegation of high-profile South Carolina politicians met with President Donald Trump Thursday in Washington to make a last-minute plea to save an embattled plutonium-disposal plant in the Palmetto state — a plant Trump’s own Department of Energy wants to convert into a weapon factory. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) […]

Department of Energy Starts Process to Turn Plutonium Disposal Plant Into Weapon Factory

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week notified MOX Services that the agency will terminate the company’s contract to build a long-delayed plutonium disposal plant at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. The semiautonomous Department of Energy agency sent the letter one day after a federal appeals court lifted a lower court’s injunction against halting […]

Appeals Court Paves Path to Convert DoE Facility in South Carolina for Weapons Work

A federal appeals court on Tuesday effectively cleared the Department of Energy to cancel construction of a controversial plutonium disposal plant under construction in South Carolina. The decision, which followed oral arguments before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in late September, could result in the eventual loss of some 2,000 jobs at MOX […]

HASC Chair Has Not Planned Hearing on Bill to Ban Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee so far does not plan a hearing on a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban development of a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday. In a press gaggle with Capitol Hill reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the House would soon recess until the Nov. 6 midterm elections, […]

Senate Confirms White House Pick for Senior DoE Weapons Post

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Charles Verdon as the deputy administrator for defense programs in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Verdon, most recently principal associate director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate, got the thumbs-up nearly seven months after President Trump nominated him for the top National […]

Dems Bill Would Ban Already-Funded Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday unveiled legislative language that would ban research, development, manufacturing, and fielding of the planned low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic-missile warhead for which Congress approved $65 million in funding during the fiscal year that begins in 13 days. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sponsored the House bill, with co-sponsors Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), […]

Senate Passes DoD Budget, House Vote Needed Next Week

The Defense Department’s 2019 budget is a step closer to President Trump’s desk, after the Senate approved the final version of the Pentagon’s annual budget bill 93-7 Tuesday. The final DoD appropriations bill still needs to be approved by the House, which is in recess until Sept. 25, before Trump can sign the measure into […]

Nuke Missiles Win Bigger Budget Boosts in Compromise DoD Spending Bill

The House and Senate this week sent a multiagency spending bill to President Trump’s desk that boosts the Department of Energy’s budget for nuclear warhead modernization, and reached a compromise on a separate spending bill that would accelerate development of the missiles that will carry those weapons. Congress overwhelmingly approved the warhead funding as part of […]