NNSA awards Sandia National Laboratories Best in Class Sustainability Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Thursday that it awarded Sandia National Laboratories a Best in Class Sustainability Award for its Saturn and High Energy Radiation Megavolt Electron Source III power facilities.

Sandia made improvements to its Saturn and HERMES III power facilities by reducing the use of sulfur hexafluoride at the Greenhouse Gas Scope 1 and 2 categories, a standard that must be maintained by federally owned or controlled facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency recently identified SF6 as the gas with the highest global warming potential.

Sandia's Saturn and HERMES III team upgraded the gas handling systems used by the power facilities. The NNSA's Readiness in Technical Base and Facilities program issued the funding for an update of the reclaimer systems and new fittings, valves, regulators and tubing.

"It's something we can do that benefits the environment and, in the long run, can improve our efficiency," Ray Thomas, manager of the Above Ground Testing Accelerator Operations Department, said.

NNSA's Sustainability Awards recognize programs and projects that enhance energy, water and fleet capabilities while reducing waste, pollution and greenhouse gas emission. The awards program began more than ten years ago.

Sandia National Laboratories is a laboratory run by the Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, a company which supports the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia handles major research and development projects regarding national security, environmental technology and energy capabilities.