Mason & Hanger Corporation, Pantex Plant - Amarillo, TX
Company Point of Contact:
Mr. John C. Drummond
Mason & Hanger, Pantex Plant
P.O. Box 30020
Amarillo, TX 79177
Phone: (806) 477-6204
Fax: (806) 477-6601
Certified Best Practices
Groundwater Monitoring Program
Pantex Pollution Prevention
Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement
Treatment of High Explosive Contaminated Groundwater
The Mason & Hanger Corporation (M&H) is the management and operating contractor at the Department of Energy (DOE) Pantex Plant located outside of Amarillo, TX. This DOE facility covers more than 16,000 acres, and Mason & Hanger is responsible for more than 3,000 employees. With an additional staff of 600 from various government agencies and contractors such as Battelle Memorial Institute and Sandia National Laboratories, Pantex is the only facility tasked with the assembly, disassembly, repair, and retirement of the nation's nuclear weapons. Although originally constructed during World War II as a conventional bomb construction plant, Pantex has evolved into a facility with five primary operational missions including: to fabricate chemical high explosive components for nuclear weapons; to assemble nuclear weapons for the nation's stockpile; to maintain and evaluate the nuclear weapons in the stockpile; to disassemble nuclear weapons from the stockpile; and to serve as an interim storage site for plutonium components from retired weapons.
Security and safety are critical issues to Pantex employees because of the nature of the nuclear assembly/ disassembly processes. Relating closely to these issues are the environmental and human health and safety concerns for on-site personnel and the surrounding population. The plant has highly-developed and sophisticated security and environmental elements that work intently with the government agencies to ensure total control of the processes from cradle to grave. These elements include a 550-person Security Force, as well as Environmental Safety & Health, Waste Management, Environmental Restoration activities. This facility is in a strong position to meet the new needs of the Department of Energy triggered by changes in the world environment. Integrating its capabilities, applying its developed technology, and initiating benchmarking beyond the facility's borders are among the best in government and industry.