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Trump Weapons Program Sends Plutonium Production to Levels Not Seen Since the Cold War

Added 08-17-19 11:45:03pm EST - “Lab Director Thomas Mason said $3 billion in spending is planned for improvements to the lab's existing plutonium facility for the core work.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Trump Weapons Program Sends Plutonium Production to Levels Not Seen Since the Cold War”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Neil Jacobs / Getty ImagesThe entrance to Technical Area 18 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which houses several tons of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, is shown Aug. 12, 2002, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Neil Jacobs / Getty Images)

Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

They outlined their plans at a recent meeting attended by hundreds of representatives of construction firms from around the country.

Beyond the new infrastructure related to plutonium assignment, other work likely will be aimed at serving a growing workforce — from planned housing projects and parking garages to a potential new highway that would reduce commute times from Albuquerque and Santa Fe for the 60 percent of employees who live outside of Los Alamos County.

Lab Director Thomas Mason told the Albuquerque Journal the lab currently has 1,400 openings and plans to add another 1,200 jobs to its workforce of 12,000 by 2026.


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