April 30, 2015

In January 2014, the DOE’s Office of Science’s (SC) New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) stopped all nuclear material handling activity as part of an overall review of its mission, facility infrastructure and support programs. During 2014, SC convened a committee which undertook a review of NBL in order to provide recommendations to SC as to the most effective means to accomplish NBL’s mission on an enduring basis. SC leadership is currently working to evaluate the committee’s recommendations and other options in order to provide a sustainable path forward for the NBL mission.

In addition to the development of a long-term plan for the future of the laboratory, NBL is implementing a nuclear material de-inventory project in order to reduce the total inventory to a level that will allow a reduced nuclear hazard status and more efficient material handling operations (shipments) in the future. DOE is committed to the NBL mission. The process to analyze the most effective way to achieve the mission will be completed in the summer of 2015. We expect a decision on the path forward by the end of FY2015. The decision will take into consideration the safety of our workers and the public, our regulatory status, and the needs of our customers.

At this time, NBL continues to perform material handling activities on a restricted basis depending upon the urgent needs of our customers. This includes limited shipping of Certified Reference Materials (CRM’s) and Safeguards Measurement Evaluation (SME) materials. NBL will work with our customers to fulfill their needs based upon a prioritized list of urgent requirements.

NBL is aware of the significant impact to our customers due to our extended stand-down of CRM sales. We sincerely apologize for this delay. As you identify your urgent needs, you may contact the Acting Director at mark.bollinger@science.doe.gov.

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The New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) is a Government-owned, Government-operated center of excellence in the measurement science of nuclear materials. NBL is the U.S. Government's Nuclear Materials Measurements and Reference Materials Laboratory and the National Certifying Authority for nuclear reference materials and measurement calibration standards. As an internationally recognized Federal laboratory, NBL provides reference materials, measurement and interlaboratory measurement evaluation services, and technical expertise for evaluating measurement methods and safeguards measures in use at other facilities for a variety of Federal program sponsors and customers. NBL functions as a Network Laboratory for the (IAEA).

NBL is located, as a Federal enclave, on the site of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)External link about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Chicago, Illinois. Leadership of the NBL are accountable to the Argonne Site Office (ASO) Manager.

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