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US presses ahead with nuclear bids despite watchdog concerns

The US agency managing the country’s nuclear research and bomb-making has approved the conceptual design and cost range for infrastructure investments for a multibillion-dollar project to build key components for the nation’s nuclear arsenal despite concerns raised by local watchdog groups.

Announcing the decision last week, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) further declared that planning and construction could initially cost more than $4 billion as the Biden administration appears to continue with hawkish policies of preceding Trump administration in terms of manufacturing more lethal weapons.

The agency, however, did not reveal how the funds would be spent nor does it include the cost of other preparations that would be required for the New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to begin producing 30 plutonium cores per year, AP reported Friday.

According to the report, the push to resume production of the nuclear triggers has spanned multiple presidential administrations, with supporters insisting that the US “needs to ensure the stability and reliance of its arsenal given growing global security concerns.” NNSA has also stated that most of the cores in the stockpile date back to the 1970s and 1980s.

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