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The NBL Program Office is a federally-staffed Office of Science program responsible for ensuring the production, certification and distribution of nuclear reference materials for a wide variety of users. The NBL Program is the U.S. Government's certifying authority for nuclear reference materials and measurement calibration standards. The NBL Program provides reference materials, measurement and interlaboratory measurement evaluation services, and technical expertise for evaluating measurement methods and safeguards measures in use at other facilities for a variety of Federal program sponsors and customers. The NBL Program Office staff are located on the site of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Chicago, Illinois.

NBL Program Office Mission Transfer to NNSA

Effective October 1, 2019 the NBL Program Office mission will be moving from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  This move aligns the NBL PO mission of producing nuclear reference materials and conducting proficiency testing with the NNSA programs that most utilize NBL PO’s capabilities.

Reference materials and proficiency testing sample packaging and shipping will continue to be processed at the NBL Center located at the Y12 National Security Complex, which has been handling the majority of NBL PO shipments since formally opening in June 2018. 

The proficiency testing program will continue to operate as usual with 2019 shipments expected to commence in June. 

As part of the transfer, the NBL PO will be relocated to the Oak Ridge, Tennessee area. 

Please continue to address questions or inquiries regarding CRM or proficiency testing orders to NBLSales@science.doe.gov

Feel free to address any questions concerning the transfer, location change or other topics to me at Peter.Mason@science.doe.gov or by telephone at 630-252-2767.

Peter Mason
NBL Program Office

February 2019 Update on Availability of NBL Program Office Reference Materials

The NBL Program Office continues to transfer its inventory from our former shipping location near Chicago, Illinois to our new storage and shipping facility near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

During the transition, some materials will temporarily unavailable, and others available only by special request.  The tables below are intended to help clarify with our customers which items are immediately available, and which items the NBL PO will evaluate for shipment based on urgency of need and shipping capabilities.  Ordering information, price lists and Certificates of Analyses are available at: Certified Reference Materials.

Questions regarding ordering, shipping or special requests should be addressed to NBLSales@science.doe.gov.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.  We are eager to complete our transition and improve our delivery times and efficiency.
Please feel free to contact me at Peter.Mason@science.doe.gov should you have any questions or concerns.

Pete Mason
Acting Director

Table 1:  Currently Available Via Normal Ordering Process

CRM ID

Description

Notes

C101A-C105A

Pitchblende-Silica Mix

 

C106A - C110A

Monazite sand-Silica Mix

 

C111A

U-233 spike, nitrate solution

 

C112A

natural U metal

Both 4 and 26 gram

C115

depleted U metal

Both 1 and 75 gram

C116A

93% HEU metal

 

C123 (1-7)

Impurities in U oxide

Full set

C125A

4% enriched U fuel pellet

 

C129A

Natural U oxide

 

C145

Uranium nitrate solution

 

U0002

depleted oxide

1 gram

U005A

depleted oxide

10 mg

U010

1% enriched oxide

5 mg

U020A

2% enriched oxide

10 mg

U030A

3% enriched oxide

10 mg

U100

10% enriched oxide

10 mg

U200

20% enriched oxide

10 mg

U350

35% enriched oxide

10 mg

U500

50% enriched oxide

10 mg

U630

63% enriched oxide

10 mg

U750

75% enriched oxide

10 mg

U800

80% enriched oxide

10 mg

U850

85% enriched oxide

10 mg

U900

90% enriched oxide

10 mg

U970

97% enriched oxide

10 mg

Table 2:  Available Later This Year or By Special Request

CRM ID

Description

Notes

C001A

Phosphate Rock

 

C004

Carnotite Ore

 

C005

Carnotite Ore

 

C042A (1-4)

Pitchblende-Dunite mixtures

 

C066 (1-7)

Thorium oxide impurity mixtures 

 

C111

U-233 spike, nitrate solution

 

U015

1.5% enriched oxide

10 mg

U045

4.5% enriched nitrate solution

5 mg

U930D

93% enriched nitrate solution

5 mg

Customers with an urgent need for these items will be asked to supply a statement of need for NBL PO to evaluate.  If considering ordering one of these materials, please contact the NBL PO at NBLSales@science.doe.gov for further information.


Table 3:  Special Order - Packaging/Shipping Quote before Ordering

CRM ID

Description

Notes

C136

plutonium sulfate isotopic

10 mg and 250 mg

C137

plutonium sulfate isotopic

10 mg and 250 mg

C138

plutonium sulfate isotopic

10 mg and 250 mg

C122

plutonium oxide

1 g

C126A

plutonium metal

1 g

These items require a packaging and shipping quotation prior to submitting an order, and due to the nature of the materials may require several months to process and ship.  Please contact NBLSales@science.doe.gov before ordering these items.

Table 4:  Delayed Delivery, Shipped by Special Request Only

CRM ID

Description

Notes

C128

Plutonium 239:242 isotopic, dry nitrate

Contact NBL PO

C130

Plutonium 242 spike, dry nitrate

Contact NBL PO

C131

Plutonium 244 spike, dry nitrate

Contact NBL PO

Customers with an urgent need for these items will be asked to supply a statement of need for NBL PO to evaluate.  If considering ordering one of these materials, please contact the NBL PO at NBLSales@science.doe.gov for further information.