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  • NNSA to rework design of UPF to accommodate equipment, NWMM, 5 Oct 2012
    13 feet After the meeting he acknowledged that would add to the cost of the project In addition the concrete foundation slab will have to be about a foot thicker and the walls will have to be thickened from 18 inches to 30 inches he said Eschenberg said those are the major structure implications of the space fit problem Issues Found Just in Time Board Chairman Peter Winokur wanted to know if the space fit issues were going to create further problems with the safety issues and Eschenberg said he didn t think the design changes would change the functional aspects of things such as the fire barriers Eschenberg indicated that some issues were discovered just in time and DNFSB Member Joseph Bader picked up on that theme regarding the changes taking place in design and related safety issues To me this is a major step Bader said This is the last time it can be done before construction starts Is that right He said the late arriving design changes were serving to reinforce the Board s concerns that there was a gap between the maturity of the building design and the incorporation of necessary safety guides and he asked Eschenberg about the risks At this point Eschenberg said it s more of a cost risk than a risk to designs protective of safety Despite the design changes and uncertainties Eschenberg said after the DNFSB hearing that some plans for the UPF are likely to proceed later this year including some work on site readiness Today our plans as we ve talked before remain constant That is we want to start the site prep work which is simply to relocate the main thoroughfare through the valley Bear Creek Road and extend the haul road There are some minor other work scopes that we can do For example there are some underground infrastructures that we need to move So all of those things we can begin executing through the Army Corps of Engineers soonest These things are not directly coupled to the redesign effort Eschenberg Confidence in CD 2 Schedule Eroded The planned demolition of Building 9107 a task that was to be done by B W Y 12 has apparently been put on the back burner That is not something we needed right away Eschenberg said Because there are some other things we re going to buy We re going to buy the concrete batch plant That sets us up very nice so that as we proceed we ve got all the infrastructure we need as we set about digging the large excavation beginning the backfill and then ultimately getting into the nuclear part of the building Eschenberg said the UPF team is still hopeful of achieving CD 2 by September 2013 at which time there would be a definitive price tag and schedule for the project But Eschenberg didn t sound confident in the new date Now I will tell you that my confidence in our ability to meet

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  • NNSA's UPF project director details contracting plans for project, NWMM,
    paramount to our success What that means is that now that we ve got a number of small victories and we re proving along the way we can deliver such that when the project s funding needs hit a peak of 750 million which is going to tax the system we can show a track record of success Road Relocation Natural Fit For Army Corps Eschenberg said the relocation of Bear Creek Road was a natural fit for the Army Corps of Engineers and an agreement between the NNSA and the Corps was signed recently giving the Corps authority over management of that portion of the project This is all road work and dirt moving he said They move dirt as well as anyone What is expected to be a 20 million effort will begin in the fall Eschenberg said and is expected to take between 14 and 18 months He said the Corps is ready to move out with solicitations and he will give the go ahead once Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Poneman reaffirms the scope of the project and signs off on Critical Decision 1 and the project s Fiscal Year 2013 funding picture becomes more clear The Administration has asked Congress for 340 million in FY2013 to accelerate the project which is expected to be completed by 2019 and up and running by 2023 Eschenberg said that the site preparation will be handled differently than the road relocation reflecting the strategy to analyze all facets of the project for the best contracting approach Step wise as we work through this I m going to apply the same sort of overlying philosophy How do I get the best value for the government how do I apply some kind of innovative contracting regime And thirdly I ve got to be mindful of the small business objectives Eschenberg told NW M Monitor on the sidelines of the meeting He said that the contractor that wins the ongoing competition for the management and operating contract of Y 12 and the Pantex Plant would handle the biggest portion of the project the nuclear portion of the build The construction of UPF was included as a separate Contract Line Item Number for the contract separate of management and operating the plants For the nuclear part of the build we re going to rely on the new contractor That will be their work Eschenberg told NW M Monitor There may be portions of the work in the out years that are spare packages that can be smartly culled out For example some of the support facilities Can we sublet some of those to small businesses Can we sublet some of those as fixed price instead of cost reimbursable work The idea is that it going to be a very active kind of a dialogue a very dynamic environment It s not that we re going to say Here we re going to give this to the M O and you go off and

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2012/NWMM_8Jun2012.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Oak Ridge activist group ramping up opposition to UPF, NWMM,
    Year 2013 to jump start the construction project that s been billed at the biggest in Tennessee history and perhaps the biggest in Department of Energy history There is a rush to build a supersized superpriced UPF and everything else is being shoved under the bus fiscal responsibility safety jobs you name it OREPA Coordinator Ralph Hutchison said in a statement released with the Alexander letter Hutchinson suggested that there was no urgent need for immediate construction Existing facilities at Y 12 can and will continue to meet stockpile surveillance maintenance and life extension requirements for the foreseeable future the letter states The UPF will provide no additional services beyond those currently available at Building 9212 and ongoing modernization of Building 9212 more than 100 million spent in the last five years to meet current seismic environmental health and safety standards will provide increasing levels of assurance that mission requirements will continue to be met at Y12 Peace Group 9212 Still Capable of Meeting Mission The peace group said claims made during the early stages of the project that the facility was essential to meet national security requirements and needed to maintain basic nuclear weapons capabilities have been superseded In 2010 the need for the UPF was downgraded from needed to maintain basic nuclear weapons capabilities to needed to avoid intermittent shutdowns associated with current facilities Hutchison wrote When it was first proposed in 2005 the occupancy date was 2016 the construction schedule reflected the concern that Building 9212 was deteriorating Since then more than half a billion dollars has been spent on design plans for the UPF and design completion has only reached 70 The occupancy date for UPF has been pushed out to 2024 and is likely to slide further into the future Yet there is no panic

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2012/NWMM_20Apr2012.html (2016-02-16)
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  • DNFSB raises concerns about safety planning for UPF, NWMM,
    scenarios Given the hazards present in the UPF the Board has determined that the safety controls and their associated safety functions and functional requirements will not provide adequate protection for site workers and the public the Board said in a report accompanying Winokur s letter The Board requested a report and a briefing in response to its concerns within 30 days NNSA UPF Safety Still a Work in Progress The NNSA responded to Winokur s letter by emphasizing the importance of safety and suggesting that any concerns raised by the board would be addressed and likely incorporated into the building design NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha noted that the design of the UPF has not been completed and that the agency was still taking all ideas and suggestions into account so that we re building a safe facility He said that many of the issues raised by the DNFSB had already been addressed and were reflected in a revised Safety Design strategy that is pending approval This Safety Design Strategy documents upgrades to the UPF design to improve safety systems such as confinement ventilation and fire barriers McConaha said Safety is a priority to this project and we will ensure that the UPF will be built with the full set of safety controls and features necessary to protect workers and the public Steven Wyatt a federal spokesman at Y 12 said the design of the UPF is about 70 percent complete and he emphasized that there is still time to make sure all safety issues are studied and addressed In fact Wyatt said some of the concerns raised by the DNFSB letter have already been dealt with The UPF when constructed will have a full set of safety controls Wyatt said Changes Give Rise to Concerns A seven page attachment to Winokur s letter addressed the safety concerns in some detail In the summary the board indicated concern that the UPF plan may have weakened the safety strategy for the big project over time When first reviewing the conceptual design back in 2007 the board noted that the strategy used safety significant passive controls to segregate nuclear materials reduce accident consequences and preclude a post accident nuclear criticality event Overall there was a reasonably conservative Safety Design Strategy the board noted While the board was concerned about the lack of high level key safety decisions in the SDS documents at conceptual design the proposed control set provided a basis for the Board to determine that the project a robust safety posture the report states Now that the project has advanced to preliminary design the project team has made a number of changes in the safety classification and seismic design of safety related systems structures and components that give rise to concerns Much of the Board s concern stems from seismic related safety design issues and several systems structures and components that were downgraded since the Board reviewed the facility s Safety Design Strategy in 2007 and for which there was not

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2012/NWMM_6Apr2012.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Former or cleanup chief selected to be UPF federal project director, NWMM, 16 Mar 2012
    for Fiscal Year 2013 340 million Eschenberg wouldn t say who first approached him about taking over the UPF role but he spent time with Tom D Agostino earlier this year when the NNSA chief came to Oak Ridge to review some of the environmental management problems that come under his umbrella as under secretary He said he was excited to be able to lead a big project of national urgency It s going to be NNSA s iconic project Eschenberg said It would be awfully hard to say no to the opportunity to manage something like that Eschenberg Brings Experience at EM s WTP Before coming to Oak Ridge about 2 years ago to head up DOE s cleanup program Eschenberg was involved in management of some other big projects including the 12 billion Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford and he is certified as a Level IV Project Manager in DOE s Project Management Career Development Program Eschenberg said he didn t want to spell out all the details of how he will organize the federal staff at UPF but he said he would have at least one deputy Eschenberg will report directly to Washington and Bob Raines NNSA s Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management The UPF is about two thirds of the way through design and site preparation is expected to begin later this year The federal project is currently estimated to cost somewhere between 4 2 billion and 6 5 billion and it is touted as the largest construction project in Tennessee history We re fresh out of the blocks Eschenberg said It s got the full support of the Administration It s got a lot of community support He said it was personally a difficult decision to leave the DOE post and move over

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  • Manhattan Project Park committee reviews progress, LA Monitor, 20 Jan 2016
    option for that be included in design planning for DP Road The signage subcommittee is looking at how to develop wayfinding that will not only direct visitors to retail establishments and local attractions but how to develop an overarching design theme They were impressed with a presentation by a signage consultant As much as this town freaks out whenever we hire a consultant there s a reason and I don t want to do this for the first time out in this town subcommittee Chair County Councilor Kristin Henderson said I d rather have somebody who s done it before advise us especially considering how important it is to the economic development of this town The consultant recommended signage that could be placed throughout the state at the outskirts of town and within Los Alamos itself that would evolve as it became more specific but share a graphic theme that would help visitors know at a glance they are on course MPNHP Committee member David Jolly asked whether there would be a budget for such things as signage or hiring a consultant We ll need money to get to the next level Jolly said Councilor James Chrobocinski who also sits on the committee said that would have to be addressed as the need arose but that council is interested in supporting the park Matteson is to present any funding requests to County Manager Harry Burgess for budget consideration Committee members suggested that other funding sources may be available as well such as New Mexico Department of Tourism grants Jolly asked if the committee should ask the consultant to present a proposal Henderson responded that it may be premature until decisions about such things as transportation parking and which attractions will be included define the scope of the signage plan County

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  • Feds start work on Manhattan Project Nat’l Park, LA Monitor, 16 Jan 2016
    the fact that Oak Ridge is using the park s Facebook page to solicit donations for its friends group without clearly identifying that the donations are just for Oak Ridge I think we ought to reach out to the other two communities and come to an agreement that if they have set up a friends group they have to indicate that it s not for the whole park said Los Alamos County Council member Kristin Henderson who sits on the MPNHP committee We should come up with a standardized Friends of the Manhattan Park Oak Ridge or Los Alamos Henderson opposed having one friends group for all three locations on the grounds that they may have competing interests especially in regards to how donations are spent One of the key roles friends groups perform is raising money for needs that exceed the park s budget Lott agreed with those arguments Committee members discussed whether there should be a combined friends group for the MPNHP Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve Lott believed that separate groups might be better There s a big outdoor component to what the friends of Bandelier do and they look at wilderness and a lot of that Lott said The Manhattan Project is really a lot of science a lot of really local history here in the community itself and it appeals to a different group of people potentially I think a lot of people that work at the lab or have a history with the lab would gravitate toward the Manhattan Project Lott does favor working with local groups such as the Bradbury which has its own friends group and the LAHS to merge something together although he acknowledged the challenges that would present One possible complication committee members raised is that members of those groups may want to support their respective museums but not necessarily the park as a whole DOE s MPNHP Program Manager Vickie Louks reported on the DOE Manhattan Project Working Group s efforts to develop a plan for opening MPNHP sites behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory The committee representatives have expertise on issues such as environmental safety and security maintenance mission and utilities which must be addressed before those facilities can be opened The group s goal is to have public access within two years They anticipate that access will be through bus tours I can tell you sitting in the meetings with the DOE staff they all want to achieve the things that we all want to achieve The parameters that they re dealing with are big challenges Lott said But every time I ve been able to attend a meeting they ve been able to work through more and more barriers and I have every bit of optimism that we re going to get there It will take time but that staff is really engaged and really wants to do it The final report was from a local partners group focused on

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  • Manhattan Project Park signing set, LA Monitor, 9 Nov 2015
    celebratory is very easy for those of us who were on the periphery Dunn said The people in the trenches deserve the kudos President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law Dec 19 2014 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act Just three weeks earlier McClenahan received news that the public lands legislation that included the MPNHP had been stricken from the NDAA Supporters leapt into action bombarding their congressional delegates with requests to restore the legislation and by 10 30 p m that night their goal was achieved The bill passed the House on Dec 4 and the Senate on Dec 12 The roller coaster ride of those final weeks was typical of the ups and downs supporters experienced over the years When the legislation passed McClenahan who served as the county s point person during those efforts told the Monitor To know that the park is actually going to happen is a great fulfillment and I m so excited because I m a little bit passionate about this history I m a lot passionate about this history And I get so excited talking to people about it and now I am thinking about hundreds of thousands more visitors every year who are going to get to learn about it and that just thrills me to no end Nancy Bartlit who was the historical society president when Kelly began her efforts in 2004 is also pleased Bartlit served on one of the Washington delegations and took every opportunity to ask New Mexico s congressional delegates for support I just think it s a wonderful opportunity for historians to tell what happened and then for people to make up their own minds about the bombs Bartlit said I feel that the whole story should be told maybe virtually so we know how and why the bombs were developed and then how they were used For McGehee this moment is intensely personal For me professionally it s really a highlight of my 30 years at the lab to have this designation for these historic buildings that I ve been working on over the years working on saving them working on preserving them restoring them interpreting them these buildings have been a big part of my professional career McGehee said McGehee began work on preserving V Site and identifying the most significant Manhattan Project buildings in the 1990s The intent though was just to protect them and interpret the history We really didn t ever think they would be part of a park McGehee said As of Nov 11 McGehee will be exclusively managing LANL s park eligible buildings and working with NPS to interpret those sites and get them park ready NPS is wasting no time before launching the next phase for creating a viable park producing a management plan determining strategies for proving access to DOE sites and developing interpretation McGehee and McClenahan will spend two days in Washington next week as part of a scholars forum composed of

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