ABSTRACT

Nuclear Weapons: Actions Needed to Improve Management of NNSA's Lithium Activities, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Highlights: "Since the 1940s, the nation's supply of lithium used in some nuclear weapons components has been processed at NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration]'s Y-12 site. However, due to deteriorating facilities and equipment and the need to reestablish dormant processing capabilities, NNSA faces risks in meeting future lithium demand. To address these challenges, NNSA has developed a strategy to meet lithium demand until the 2030s, by which time it expects the new LPF [lithium processing facility] will be fully operational. The Senate committee report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to examine NNSA's lithium programs and projects. GAO's report examines, among other things, (1) the status of current cost and schedule estimates and design activities for NNSA's LPF project and (2) the extent to which NNSA has developed management tools for the lithium program that are consistent with best practices."

Report Number:
GAO-21-244
Publisher:
Date:
2021-08
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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