The Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA), Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research (JASPER) facility plays an integral role in the certification of the Nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. In February 2009, JASPER, located at the Nevada National Security Site, discontinued operations and all JASPER experiments with Special Nuclear Materials ceased when an abnormal amount of contamination was identified as a result of an alpha plutonium experiment. Our review disclosed NNSA returned the JASPER Facility to full operational status within the budge
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) historic Smoky site may soon join a long list of former nuclear testing locations eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic
Places. The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is currently working alongside the Nevada Site Office (NSO) to determine the eligibility of Smoky and a number of other EM sites slated for cleanup and closure.
Our mission as a Department – to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions – touches Indian Country in many ways. Our Nation’s tribal communities are neighbors to the Department’s National Laboratories and sites, participants in energy programs, and producers and consumers of energy development and innovation. While Indian land comprises 5 percent of the United States, it contains an estimated 10 percent of all our energy resources.