The last of some high-security special nuclear weapons materials has been removed from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced Friday.
The lab will still work to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, the government says, but will do so with a smaller amount of nuclear material requiring less security. The move saves taxpayers about $40 million.
"We're always looking for ways to improve the way we do business," NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino said in a news release. "Consolidating this nuclear material will help save critical taxpayer dollars, help improve the safety and security posture at the site, and help align our enterprise for the coming decades. The team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory deserves a lot of credit for doing this efficiently and safely."
The administration in 2006 began developing a plan to make over the nation's nuclear weapons research, and to consolidate special nuclear materials in as few places as possible. The materials were removed from Lawrence Livermore's Plutonium Facility, located in an area known as the "Superblock."