CTBTO officials tour Department of Energy labs

Officials from the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization conducted tours of several Department of Energy laboratories on Thursday.

The officials, including the On-Site Inspection Division director Oleg Rozhkov, visited Los Alamos, Pacific Northwest and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. These labs support the efforts of the CTBTO and its on-site inspection readiness.

During the tours, Rozhkoz was joined by the On-Site Inspection Division chief for policy, planning and operations Gordon MacLeod, along with the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Nonproliferation and International Security official Michele Smith. Rozhkoz also met with NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and other NNSA officials while in Washington D.C.

The labs support the monitoring and verification system of the CTBTO. The CTBTO verification system is designed to detect any nuclear explosion that occurs on Earth and includes an International Monitoring System that will eventually work with 321 monitoring stations and 16 radionuclide laboratories.

The NNSA has loaned approximately $1 million in inspection-related equipment from the labs for the CTBTO's planned 2014 Integrated Field Exercise on-site inspections and will conduct training for the inspector trainees. NNSA lab experts will help prepare inspection, control and evaluation teams for IFE14.