Source: ABC 7 News, Amarillo | Staff | June 25, 2020

The National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Department of Energy, has decided not to renew their contract with Consolidated Nuclear Security, who operate the Pantex nuclear facility and the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

This will not affect operations at the plant nor it’s future. After a performance review of CNS last year, it was determined that the latest contract extension to manage the operation, will not be renewed and will end on Sept. 30, 2021.

The release from the government says in part: “The yearly evaluation process is an important part of NNSA’s contract management and is designed to ensure that the U.S. Government’s needs are met by providing a clear set of goals and honest year-end assessment of progress. As a result of the FY 2019 PER, NNSA has decided not to exercise the option to extend the CNS contract, and the contract will expire on Sept. 30, 2021.”

Pantex has had other operators in the years since the former WWII bomb factory was revived in 1951 as part of the Atomic Energy Commission, now the Nuclear Safety Security Administration.

Former operators have included Procter & Gamble from 1951 to 1956, Mason & Hanger from 1956 to 2001, and Babcock & Wilcox from 2001 to 2014.

The previous process for a change in management has involved the government putting the management contract up for bid.

This announcement does not mean either plant is closing or moving.