When two powerful earthquakes rocked southern California earlier this month, officials’ attention focused, understandably, on safety. How many people were injured? Were buildings up to code? How good are we at predicting earthquakes?
PNNL Laboratory Director Steve Ashby attended an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program.
A new capability at PNNL will be able to replicate how nations process plutonium. Researchers will process small amounts of plutonium which they will analyze, using nuclear forensics techniques, to discover signatures.