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In Brief: Nuclear Weapon "Pit" Production Options
* To reduce risk of collapse, loss of life, and radiation release from an earthquake,
NNSA increased the seismic resilience of PF-4. More steps are planned; more
could be taken.
Many options may boost U.S. pit production capacity, but none by itself could meet capacity and
schedule requirements. NNSA therefore faces the prospect of assembling a package of options,
and Congress faces the prospect of evaluating, perhaps amending, and approving it. Arriving at a
satisfactory package will require complex analyses to optimize among such goals as margin, cost,
worker safety, and throughput. At issue for Congress: What are the risks, costs, and benefits of the
options? What is the optimum package?
This report is a condensed version of CRS Report R44033, Nuclear Weapon "Pit" Production:
Options to Help Meet a Congressional Requirement, by Jonathan E. Medalia.
Congressional Research Service
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