NNSA site tour continues for administrator

August 24, 2020, 2:57PMNuclear News

NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty spoke during the agency's 20th Anniversary Celebration event that recognized milestones at the Pantex Plant. Source: NNSA

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, NNSA administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty is continuing with her trip to visit NNSA’s eight laboratories, plants, and sites.

Last week, Gordon-Hagerty was at the Pantex Plant, in Amarillo, Texas, for a 20th Anniversary Celebration of the NNSA.

So far, the tour of sites, which began in July, has taken Gordon-Hagerty to the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.; Sandia National Laboratories and the NNSA Albuquerque Complex in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., in addition to the Pantex Plant. She is expected to complete the tour by year’s end.

Pantex tour: During the visit, Gordon-Hagerty toured several facilities and the new Pantex history display in the John C. Drummond Center. She also took part in an event that celebrated a production milestone and she thanked more than 3,000 Pantex employees, in person and over video, who have been working to ensure the nation's security during the ongoing pandemic.

Quote: “The Pantex Plant continues to get the job done even in the face of all the challenges COVID-19 poses,” Gordon-Hagerty said during the NNSA's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the site. “I am grateful that NNSA has not missed any major milestones or deliverables since the start of the pandemic response. It has been the adaptability and dedication of the Pantex workforce during these difficult times that makes continued success possible.”

NNSA history: Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the DOE that is responsible for enhancing national security through nuclear science. NNSA works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and militarily effective nuclear propulsion; responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad; and maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

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