Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Need for $49 Million Machine Questioned.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Northern Bureau

SANTA FE Just two months after the Department of Energy unveiled a $49 million machine at Los Alamos and as it prepares to spend another $12 million moving it to Nevada a DOE investigation released last month questions whether the machine is necessary.

Critics, supported by some in Congress, contend that the move of the multimillion-dollar machine is a mere bargaining chip in the larger effort to pass a federal budget.

The Atlas Pulsed Power Experimental Facility came online at Los Alamos National Laboratory in December, according to an audit report published in February by the DOE Inspector General's Office. …

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