CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill (United States) is one of the joint venture partners in National Security Technologies (NSTec) that manages the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), previously known as the Nevada Test Site, a key fixture in the US nuclear weapons infrastructure.

Company profile

CH2M Hill provides consulting, design, design-build, operations, and programme management services for the energy, environmental, facilities, resources, transportation and water sectors. 1

In the financial year ending 31 December 2014, CH2M Hill generated revenues of US$ 5.4 billion (€ 4.5 billion), resulting in an operating loss of US$ 342 million (€ 281 million) and a net loss of US$ 182 million (€ 149 million). 2

Contact Information

 

Contact Information

Website: www.ch2m.com/
Twitter: @ch2m
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CH2MHILL

9191 South Jamaica Street,
Englewood, Colorado, 80112
+1.720.286.2000

Nuclear weapons

CH2M Hill, with Aecom, Babcock & Wilcox and Northrop Grumman, is a partner in National Security Technologies (NSTec). The exact ownership distribution is not known. Since 2006, NSTec has managed the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), previously known as the Nevada Test Site. 3 This US$ 3.1 billion (€ 2.3 billion) contract includes the operation and maintenance of over 500 facilities and laboratories as well as the associated infrastructure, vehicles, and IT/communications. 4 The NNSS is the only US nuclear test site where subcritical tests are still taking place. The most recent one was the Pollux test in December 2012. 5 In the financial year 2014 to 2016, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is planning the Lyra-series of three scaled-integral implosion experiments; these include Vega, a subcritical experiment in the NNSS complex using a plutonium pit. 6

The joint venture is responsible for managing the nuclear explosives safety team, as well as support for hazardous chemical spill testing, emergency response training, and more. CH2M Hill claims to be responsible for planning and integration of the entire site, waste management, including operating a low level radioactive disposal facility, environmental restoration of the land contaminated from many years of nuclear testing, and legal counsel. 7

Investors

The following financial institutions have made approximately USD 2,600 million available to this producer since January 2012.

  • Bank of America (United States)
  • BNP Paribas (France)
  • HSBC (United Kingdom)
  • JPMorgan Chase (United States)
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (Japan)
  • Northern Trust (United States)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom)
  • US Bancorp (United States)
  • Wells Fargo (United States)

Notes

This page was last updated 16 October 2015.
  1.     CH2M HILL, “Markets”, Website CH2M HILL (www.ch2m.com/corporate/about_us/default.asp#), viewed May 2015;
    CH2M HILL, “About us”, Website CH2M HILL (www.ch2m.com/corporate/about_us/default.asp), viewed May 2015.
  2. CH2M HILL, “Annual Report 2014”, CH2M HILL, February 2015.
  3. National Security Technologies, “NSTec, Who we are…”, Website National Security Technologies (www2.nstec.com/Pages/About.aspx), viewed May 2015.
  4.           AECOM, “Annual Report 2014”, AECOM, November 2014.
  5.     Nevada Site Office, “NNSA Conducts Pollux Subcritical Experiment at Nevada National Security Site”, Website Nevada Site Office, 6 December 2012 (nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/pollux120612);
    Licherman, A., “Issue Update – Subcritical tests”, Western States Legal Foundation, 2012 (www.wslfweb.org/docs/WSLF%20Issue%20Update–Subcritical%20Tests%20Fall%202012.pdf).
  6.        Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, “Stockpile Stewardship Quarterly”, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), March 2015 (www.nnsa.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2015-03%20SSQ%20V5%20N1.pdf);
    Furlanetto, M.R., “Stockpile Stewardship through Subcritical Experiments”, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 19 February 2014 (www.orau.gov/ssap2014/presentations/furlanetto_m.pdf).
  7.           CH2M HILL, “CH2M HILL Awarded Joint Venture Contract to Provide Support and Infrastructure Expertise at the Nevada Test Site”, Media release CH2M HILL, 3 April 2006 (www.ch2m.com/node/11401).

Producers

In some nuclear-armed states – in particular the United States, the United Kingdom and France – private companies are hired by governments to carry out work on maintaining and modernising nuclear arsenals. This report looks at companies that are providing the necessary components to develop, test, maintain and modernise nuclear weapons.The contracts these companies have with nuclear armed countries are for materials and services to keep nuclear weapons in their arsenals. The companies described are substantially involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, or India and are themselves based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In other nuclear-armed countries –Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – the maintenance and modernization of nuclear forces is carried out primarily or exclusively by government agencies.

Methodology

The nuclear weapon producers identified were selected on the basis of a predetermined set of criteria.
– Information on investments is publicly available.
– The company is directly involved in the development, testing, production, maintenance or trade of nuclear weapons related technology, parts, products or services.
– The company’s involvement is related to warheads, or to delivery systems such as missiles, that are specifically developed for nuclear tasks. This includes technology that is designed for ‘dual use’ (military and civilian) but excludes technology that is not designed for, but can be used in nuclear warfare. It does not include delivery platforms such as bombers and submarines.

State owned or controlled nuclear industries are outside the scope of this research, as are companies not publicly listed. Our research uncovered a number of Universities involved in nuclear weapons programmes, but these are also outside the scope of the report.

The list of nuclear weapon producers investigated was compiled through a wide variety of sources, including financial institution exclusion lists, civil society reports, media reports, etc. Additional details on the contracts and components can be found in the Annex. We welcome information at any time about possible nuclear weapons producing companies to investigate.