Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Violations At LANL Alleged.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

Nuke Security Chief Reports 5 Incidents

Los Alamos National Laboratory broke federal nuclear laws in the last two years with a string of worker accidents and near-misses, including one that left a worker so heavily dosed by plutonium he can never work with radioactive materials again, according to the head of the nation's nuclear security administration.

John Gordon, administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Energy branch that manages the nation's nuclear defense machine, issued a preliminary notice Wednesday saying the lab broke the law with a series of five accidents and slip-ups between 1998 and 2000.

The University of California, which manages the lab for the DOE, now has 30 days to respond to the allegations. If the preliminary notice becomes official, the university will face $605,000 in fines. …

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