National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA deputy visits PNNL to see radiochemistry and threat detection capabilities

June 24, 2016

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NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon visited the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington this month to see the work it does for the agency, focusing on radiochemistry and threat detection.

Creedon heard from Bob Runkle, PNNL's Chief Science and Technology Officer for National Security about the facility’s focus on the use, security and stewardship of special nuclear materials across the entire nuclear fuel cycle for national security, energy and environment missions.

Creedon learned about the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory—a unique and indispensable capability in support of critical priorities across the national nuclear security enterprise. She was joined by Cheryl Thornhill, Manager, Tritium Sustainment Project and Defense Programs Sub Sector, Signature Science and Technology Division, National Security Directorate and David Huizenga, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Kevin Dorow and Jamie Hughes walked Creedon through PNNL’s Interdiction Technology and Integration Laboratory—the world’s most comprehensive testing and evaluation laboratory for border threat detection technology. The ITIL provides a customizable and scalable test environment that integrates and tests threat detection systems under realistic field conditions before deployment.

Andy Casella, a scientist at PNNL's National Security Directorate, talks to Creedon and Huizenga about the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory—a unique and indispensable capability in support of critical priorities across the national nuclear security enterprise.

In the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, Creedon and Huizenga were joined by PNNL Ph.D. intern Rebecca Carter of Notre Dame University. She works on the Nuclear Process Signature Team of the National Security Directorate.