Fire System Complete at Texas Nuclear Plant 1/19/14
January 19, 2014
AMARILLO, Texas - The nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and
disassembly plant has completed a high-pressure fire loop system aimed at
improving safety and extinguishing potential fires.
The Amarillo Globe-News reported Saturday that the project at Pantex in the
Texas Panhandle came in $5.7 million below the $36 million budgeted for the
Dennis Huddleston, who managed the project for the contractor that operates
the plant, told the newspaper that millions of dollars in additional work was
added because of favorable contracts. That included more piping, 400,000-gallon
storage tanks and diesel pumps that provide water to the south end of the plant.
Last year, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a congressional
watchdog agency, cited concerns about more than a decade of delays in completing
improvements to the plant's fire protection system.