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Pantex nuclear operation soon under new management

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Amarillo, TX - Earlier this week, the National Nuclear Security Administration awarded a five-year contract to manage nuclear production operation at Pantex. And the NNSA says that could cut a little over $3 billion in tax money off the cost of doing business.

Beginning May 1st, Consolidated Nuclear Security will oversee nuclear production operations at Pantex for the next five years - and possibly five more after that. The administration says if that happens, $3.27 billion in tax dollars will be saved over the next decade.

When we contacted Pantex, they referred us to the National Nuclear Security Administration for comment.

In a news release, Thomas D'Agostino, NNSA Administrator, said, "...this contract puts NNSA in a position to improve mission delivery by generating significant savings that will be reinvested to improve safety, security, quality, and infrastructure."

Babcock and Wilcox, or B&W, had been managing the operation since 2001. B&W came under federal scrutiny last July after three environmental activists gained access to the Y-12 nuclear facility in Tennessee. However, that security breach was not mentioned as a factor - cost and performance were the main issues cited in the information provided by the NNSA.

If you'd like to read the announcement for yourself or read a Department of Energy report on the Tennessee incident, follow the links attached to this story.

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