Still no decision on bringing tritium to CNS contract

Basic RGBThe National Nuclear Security Administration today confirmed it has not yet made a decision on whether to exercise an option to incorporate the tritium activities at the Savannah River Site into the Y-12/Pantex management contract held by Consolidated Nuclear Security. The CNS contract is coming up on its two-year anniversary. The Bechtel-led team assumed responsibility for managing the two plants on July 1, 2014.

The NNSA, during the procurement process and afterwards, indicated that it would make a decision on whether to include the tritium work sometime in 2015, giving CNS a year to adapt to the unprecedented role in combining the weapons operations at multiple sites and to evaluate how well the combo contract was working.  But that didn’t happen, and the NNSA indicated last year that a decision would probably come in 2016. But now that’s not so sure either.

“There has been no decision on the exercise of the tritium option,” Steven Wyatt, chief spokesman at the NNSA’s Production Office, said in an email response to questions.

Asked if he could say when NNSA plans to make that decision, Wyatt replied, “No.”

CNS received a 57 out of 100 on its first performance report card.

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