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More study needed on nuclear pit production

LANL is scheduled to close on Oct. 18 due to the government shutdown. LANL is scheduled to close on Oct. 18 due to the government shutdown. |  Photo: Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Associated Press
December 04, 2017 05:31 PM

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - The agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile says further study is needed to determine the best option for the United States as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear weapons.

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The National Nuclear Security Administration said Monday that a team of external and internal engineering experts will further analyze the two options that were identified as part of an earlier review that looked at the most efficient and cost-effective means of making the pits.

Agency spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler tells The Associated Press the options include leaving the work to Los Alamos National Laboratory or moving it to the U.S. Energy Department's Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

It's not clear how long the extra analysis will take, but the agency said new pits must be made to ensure the nation's nuclear forces are flexible and tailored to deter 21st-century threats.

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