LANL may increase production of weapon triggers

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Los Alamos National Laboratory could increase production of triggers for nuclear weapons to levels not seen since the Cold War if federal defense and energy officials get their way.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, it’s a mission to increase production of plutonium pits.

The plan outline states the new pits would not be used for new weapons but to replace aging pits in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

One nuclear watchdog group told the New Mexican the mission carries the risk of destroying the trust of other countries.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Safety Administration want to replace aging triggers to ensure the weapons will work if they’re ever needed.

A spokesperson with U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s office told KRQE News 13 he supports the idea to ensure the safety of the U.S. stockpile.

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