Even before WIPP incident, Los Alamos lab raised criticality concerns, according to DOE report

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday:

Even before a radiation leak in February halted the flow of nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, the federal government had identified deficiencies in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s safeguards against potentially catastrophic nuclear fission accidents, a new report shows.

Los Alamos “does not meet expectations” in overall performance of its criticality safety program, states the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report on Nuclear Criticality Safety, delivered Monday to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Fission reaction accidents carry a risk of radiation or energy hazards, particularly to workers directly affected by them, but potentially to the public as well.

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/nuclear-criticality-safety-report-lanl-inadequate/article_ece6bf7b-2c45-5ea5-9b9c-e445fa89436c.html

 

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