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Questions raised about NM lab’s safety program

November 1, 2011 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of memos from an official with the National Nuclear Security Administration has raised questions about safety procedures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The memos state that the northern New Mexico lab has repeatedly missed deadlines to fix nuclear safety problems but that there are no immediate nuclear dangers at the lab, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/t4AuSr ).

The memos were sent to the lab in September by C.H. Keilers Jr., the top nuclear safety official with NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office. They address a number of systems intended to reduce risk, including procedures aimed at preventing inadvertent nuclear chain reactions.

The problems affect the lab’s main plutonium complex, where nuclear weapons parts are made, and a group of Login to read more

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