Savannah River National Laboratory has announced the establishment of the Nonproliferation Applied Sciences Center (NASC), to be located on the lab’s main campus at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. Tammy Taylor, associate laboratory director for global security, will lead the development of the center until a permanent director is selected later this year.
Purposes: SRNL stated that the NASC will bring together scientists, engineers, and policy experts for four main purposes:
- To advance and expand scientific research and development knowledge, such as trace actinide behavior during fuel processing, through novel detection advances and comprehensive validation testing.
- To develop and advance methods and detection capabilities related to advanced manufacturing processes.
- To demonstrate the modernization of safeguard solutions by applying advanced nuclear forensics and radiation detection applied to weapons production activities, such as tritium and pits.
- To create safe and efficient global pathways for the removal and elimination of weapons-useable nuclear materials by developing and applying advanced materials packaging science.
Beyond nonproliferation: “Instead of focusing expressly on nonproliferation,” Taylor said, “the NASC will build on the lab’s rich history of nuclear material processing and environmental management; build on the reality that nuclear, as a form of clean energy, requires modern nuclear material security solutions; and be an innovation and collaboration hub for advancing new approaches and solutions to safeguarding nuclear materials.”