SRS tritium future to be dicussed today

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U.S. Energy Department officials will discuss the future of Savannah River Site’s tritium program during a 5 p.m. public information meeting today at Aiken Technical College.

As part of a reorganization of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, the National Nuclear Security Administration plans to combine the management of two other facilities—Y-12 National Security Complex near Knoxville, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas—into a single contract.

That contract will include the option of incorporating the tritium operation at SRS, which employs more than 400 workers and also draws support services from 300 to 600 personnel in other areas.

The SRS tritium facilities, which officials have said would not be relocated, are used for recharging tritium reservoirs in nuclear warheads. Tritium, a gas that increases explosive power, has a half-life of about 12.5 years.

Today’s meeting will be in the college’s amphitheater in Building 700 and will include a briefing on the role of SRS in the new Defense Programs Contract Acquisition Strategy.

Patty Wagner, manager of the Energy Department’s Sandia Site Office and the chair of NNSA Source Evaluation Board, will discuss the planned combining of contracts for Y-12 and Pantex.

The meeting is open to the public and there will be a questions and answer session.

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, or



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