Source: Aiken StandardColin Demarest  | July 12, 2018

SRS Sign, NNSA Takeover

The entrance to the Savannah River Site near New Ellenton. Staff Photo by Colin Demarest

The National Nuclear Security Administration is considering making sweeping changes at the Savannah River Site following a June 7 federal court injunction that further entrenched the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project.

In a June 29 internal memo, ultimately obtained by the Aiken Standard, NNSA chief Lisa Gordon-Hagerty told the Savannah River Field Office manager her agency is commissioning a working group to study several Site-specific shakeups.

Those potential changes include the NNSA becoming SRS’s “landlord,” issuing separate contracts for “all mission related activities” at SRS and relocating the SRS tritium mission, according to the memo.

The breakdown

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management is currently the SRS landlord. SRS is an active cleanup and remediation site.

A NNSA takeover would make DOE Environmental Management a tenant, according to the memo.

The NNSA, a semiautonomous DOE agency in charge of the nation’s nuclear complex, would also assume control of the Savannah River National Laboratory, according to the memo.

The separate contracts option keeps DOE Environmental Management at the top of the SRS food chain.

The tritium relocation approach would open up facilities and space for future NNSA defense missions at the Site, which have already been publicly teased.

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