This is my statement regarding the Contract:
Councillors Izraelevitz and Chandler appear to be more concerned about GRT revenues than the long term success of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. I support whatever tax structure best enables LANL to accomplish its mission, create jobs for our District, and strengthen its scientific, engineering, and technical base. The recent decision to move most of the Nation’s plutonium pit manufacturing to Savannah River reflects the need for lasting reforms in management and operations. I urge Triad National Security to implement changes that improve transparency, accountability, and communication with LANL’s workforce. This will ensure the highest and best use of taxpayer dollars while serving the national interest.
The University of California will continue its 75-year legacy of running Los Alamos National Laboratory, now as part of a new management partnership called Triad National Security LLC.This team also includes Battelle Memorial Institute and Texas A&M University Regents. It will be “supported” by six private corporations.The $2.5 billion annual contract, which could be worth up to $25 billion over the next decade, was announced Friday by the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.