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The contractor that oversees management of Pantex has reached an agreement with a union that represents workers there, reports Amarillo.com. Pantex, located outside of Amarillo, is the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Consolidated Nuclear Security, the contractor that oversees management of Pantex, agreed to terms last month with the West Texas Building Trades and Construction Council.


The Department of Energy recently approved plans to ramp up production of plutonium “pits” at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Pits are the cores that trigger nuclear weapons. The increase could lead to more warhead refurbishment work at the Pantex Plant northeast of Amarillo, reports Amarillo.com.

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Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of workers at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant outside Amarillo who’ve been compensated and treated for exposure to plant hazards. Pantex workers have been exposed to a number of harmful substances, according to Insurance Journal. These substances include chemicals in the maintenance warehouse, toxins on a production line and beryllium, a cancer-causing metal used in the production of nuclear warheads.

At Pantex Plant, Wildlife Research Thrives

Dec 4, 2015
Texas Department of State Heath Services

The Pantex nuclear warhead storage and disassembly facility outside Amarillo covers 28 square miles. In recent years, many students from West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech have conducted wildlife research on this highly unusual property, reports The Wildlife Professional and the National Nuclear Security Administration blog.

Pantex weapons program issues to be resolved

Jun 8, 2015

Pantex will soon have safety issues resolved says a top official from the National Nuclear Security Administration. The two program-related issues were revealed during a Code Blue review by the NNSA. A code blue review is similar to a safety review. The two issues are not related. One problem was about ensuring proper documentation required was complete. The other was related to weapons shipping container safety. Frank Klotz is a NNSA Administrator. He says these aren’t a safely issue for the public or for Pantex employees. He says the concerns are because they are ultra-cautious about everything they do, and becaue of the type of work they do.


“The Last of the Big Dogs” has been dismantled, and now sits in the Freedom Museum in Pampa, Texas.  Disassembly workers at Pantex dubbed the B53 uranium bomb.  It’s a megaton-class, weighed about 10,000 pounds and is about the size of a minivan according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Pantex is the nation’s only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons.  The plant was added to the national Superfund cleanup list because of past site practices of burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills, and discharging waste into on-site surface waters known as playa lakes in 1994.  The first five year review of the site was recently completed, and it appears efforts to clean up soil and groundwater contamination have been effective according to The San Jose Mercury News.

Carson County, Texas: What does Pantex Do?

Oct 7, 2013

The Carson County Pantex plant, located in the Texas Panhandle, is where the nation’s nuclear weapons are dismantled or modified. 


Ground was broken on the largest federally owned wind farm in the nation on Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo reported the Amarillo Globe-News.  Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration, Texas Tech University, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and contractor Siemens Government Technologies were present.