WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The high-security nuclear material at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has been reduced to less than half of its original supply.
The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said Monday that a recent successful shipment of high-security nuclear material from LLNL has left the facility with less than 45 percent of its original inventory, the NNSA reported.
The reduction of nuclear material at LLNL is part of an ongoing NNSA Complex Transformation and modernization plan to meet the demands of the 21st century security environment. Officials say the recent shipment transferred the high-security nuclear material to NNSA facilities in South Carolina and Tennessee.
"This latest shipment reduces the inventory of special nuclear material at Livermore Laboratory by an additional 20 percent for a total reduction of 55 percent since 2006," NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino said in a statement.
"We continue to do these shipments safely and securely and have accelerated this project by two years. We are well on our way to keeping our commitment to the Livermore community and the nation as a whole."