Test Capabilities Revitalization at Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico, Department of Energy, Office of Kirtland Site Operations
The purpose for action by the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), is to support a primary DOE mission of maintaining and demonstrating the safety, reliability, and performance of the nation’s nuclear weapons systems. NNSA performs this mission through its Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program. At Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) this mission includes thermal and mechanical testing. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has requested that DOE construct and operate facilities necessary to perform drop, thermal, and inspection characterization tests on rail shipping casks designed to hold high-level radioactive waste as part of NRC’s certification process.