A knowledgeable government source has provided POGO with information that may undermine one of the Energy Department's key rationale for constructing a new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF).
UPF is a $5 billion facility designed to manufacture highly enriched uranium (HEU) secondaries, which are added to single-stage nuclear weapons to create a thermonuclear explosion.
The Energy Department claims there is an urgent need for the facility, but the source says that thus far, not a single secondary has had to be cut apart and re-manufactured as part of the Lifetime Extension Program. Several hundred of each of the four types of nuclear weapons (W87, B61 Mod 7, B61 Mod 11, W76) have already gone through the program.
Find a statement by POGO Senior Investigator Peter Stockton here.
-- Bryan Rahija