Statement from Secretary Rick Perry on NNSS Visit

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (STL.News) – Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak visited the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas.

The DOE leadership team provided Governor Sisolak both unclassified and classified briefings on the critical national security work accomplished by the 3,000 Nevadan men and women who work there. Over $900 million dollars a year are spent directly in Nevada because of NNSS.  In addition, $190 million is also awarded annually to small businesses, and 1,500 subcontract jobs are made possible in southern Nevada through the work conducted at the Site.

During the visit, the group toured the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, the Device Assembly Facility, and the underground “U1a” facility where the United States conducts vital national security work to maintain the Nation’s nuclear deterrent.

Following the day-long visit, Secretary Perry stated, “I appreciate the Governor taking the time to learn more about the vital national security missions being performed by the dedicated patriots who work at the Nevada National Security Site.  The Department remains committed to working closely with Nevada state officials in an open and transparent way to support this great resource and maintain our trust and credibility with the people of Nevada.”

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