2021—Subsecs. (d) to (f).
[Pub. L. 117–81] added subsecs. (d) to (f).
[Pub. L. 116–92, § 3116(b)(1)], added par. (5) and struck out former par. (5) which read as follows: “during a pilot period of not less than 90 days during 2027 (subject to subsection (b)), demonstrates the capability to produce war reserve plutonium pits at a rate sufficient to produce 80 pits per year.”
[Pub. L. 116–92, § 3116(b)(2)]–(4), redesignated subsec. (c) as (b), substituted “2030” for “2027 (or, if the authority under subsection (b) is exercised, 2029)”, and struck out former subsec. (b) which authorized a two-year delay of the demonstration requirement.
[Pub. L. 116–92, § 3116(b)(3)], (5), redesignated subsec. (d) as (c) and substituted “subsection (b)” for “subsection (c)”. Former subsec. (c) redesignated (b).
[Pub. L. 116–92, § 3116(b)(3)], redesignated subsec. (d) as (c).
Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Certification of Completion of Milestones With Respect to Plutonium Pit Aging
[Pub. L. 117–263, div. C, title XXXI, § 3124], Dec. 23, 2022, [136 Stat. 3057], provided that:
The Administrator for Nuclear Security shall complete the milestones on plutonium pit aging identified in the report entitled ‘Research Program Plan for Plutonium and Pit Aging’, published by the National Nuclear Security Administration in September 2021.
The Administrator shall—
acting through the Defense Programs Advisory Committee, conduct biennial reviews during the period beginning not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 23, 2022] and ending December 31, 2030, regarding the progress achieved toward completing the milestones described in subsection (a); and
seek to enter into an arrangement with the private scientific advisory group known as JASON to conduct, not later than 2030, an assessment of plutonium pit aging.
During the period beginning not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act and ending December 31, 2030, the Administrator shall provide to the congressional defense committees [Committees on Armed Services and Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives] biennial briefings on—
the progress achieved toward completing the milestones described in subsection (a); and
the results of the assessments described in subsection (b).
Certification of Completion of Milestones.—
Not later than October 1, 2031, the Administrator shall—
certify to the congressional defense committees whether the milestones described in subsection (a) have been achieved; and
if the milestones have not been achieved, submit to such committees a report—
describing the reasons such milestones have not been achieved;
including, if the Administrator determines the Administration will not be able to meet one of such milestones, an explanation for that determination; and
specifying new dates for the completion of the milestones the Administrator anticipates the Administration will meet.”
Authorization of Workforce Development and Training Partnership Programs Within National Nuclear Security Administration
[Pub. L. 117–263, div. C, title XXXI, § 3126], Dec. 23, 2022, [136 Stat. 3058], provided that:
The Administrator for Nuclear Security may authorize management and operating contractors at covered facilities to develop and implement workforce development and training partnership programs to further the education and training of employees or prospective employees of such management and operating contractors to meet the requirements of section 4219 of the Atomic Energy Defense Act (50 U.S.C. 2538a
To carry out subsection (a), a management and operating contractor at a covered facility may provide funding through grants or other means to cover the costs of the development and implementation of a workforce development and training partnership program authorized under such subsection, including costs relating to curriculum development, hiring of teachers, procurement of equipment and machinery, use of facilities or other properties, and provision of scholarships and fellowships.
In this section:
The term ‘covered facility’ means—
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico; or
the Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina.
The term ‘prospective employee’ means an individual who has applied (or who, based on their field of study and experience, is likely to apply) for a position of employment with a management and operating contractor to support plutonium pit production at a covered facility.”
Sense of Congress Related to Modification to Certain Requirements Relating to Plutonium Pit Production Capacity
[Pub. L. 116–92, div. C, title XXXI, § 3116(a)], Dec. 20, 2019, [133 Stat. 1951], provided that: “It is the sense of Congress that—
rebuilding a robust plutonium pit production infrastructure with a capacity of up to 80 pits per year is critical to maintaining the viability of the nuclear weapons stockpile;
that effort will require cooperation from experts across the nuclear security enterprise; and
any further delay to achieving a plutonium sustainment capability to support the planned stockpile life extension programs will result in an unacceptable capability gap to our deterrent posture.”