Source: The Oak Ridger | July 5, 2018

Pictured are Joe McBrearty, deputy director of field operations, Office of Science; Yacouba Diawara, NBL program office director; Goeff Beausoliel, NNSA program office director; and Morgan Smith, CNS president and CEO.

The NBL Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex was officially opened in early June, with about 50 representatives from the Nuclear Security Enterprise and Y-12 in attendance.

The newly formed NBL Program Office ensures the reliability of the nation’s supply of special nuclear certified reference materials to provide measurement proficiency samples and technical expertise and support to U.S. programs in the areas of nonproliferation, safeguards, and other national security programs, a news release stated.

“Y-12 is honored to assume the work of the center, which previously was done at Argonne National Laboratory (in Illinois),” National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office Manager Geoff Beausoleil stated in the release.

“Our expertise with nuclear materials has earned us many accolades, and this one is a big feather in our cap. As a center of excellence in uranium, we have the means and the expertise to run the center easily,” he stated.

The new facility is operational and made its first shipment in April.

By the end of Fiscal Year 2019, the center will house 8,800 Certified Reference Materials. The Office of Science funded Y-12 to establish a new center, and Y-12 is taking on the storage and distribution mission for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“This is very important work that helps ensure stability around the globe,” stated Morgan Smith, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) president and chief executive officer. “We envision this new facility operating sort of like an Amazon fulfillment center but for very unique and very small orders of nuclear samples — things you definitely can’t get on Amazon. This small facility footprint and small, as-needed operating crew will reduce the time and cost required for customers to receive radiological materials. New missions don’t come to Y-12 by chance. They come thanks to our employees’ dedication, expertise, and patriotism in all things uranium.”