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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Thu Jun 27, 2013.

An audit report released by the U.S. Department of Energy renews concerns about vulnerabilities from natural disasters at Los Alamos National Laboratory and calls attention to the possibility that the lab’s plutonium facility could collapse in a large earthquake, risking workers’ lives and threatening off-site radioactive exposures well above acceptable limits.

Additionally, LANL’s fire prevention and protection systems are suspected of deficiencies in the event that a future wildfire should reach Area G, where low-level nuclear waste is disposed and more than 5,600 containers of transuranic waste are still stored provisionally in fabric-covered domes.

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3 comments:

  • Joe Savoldi posted at 6:37 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    joesavoldi Posts: 16

    I think Los Alamos is much too dangerous for too many. Now would be a good time for thousands of Santa Feans to move away from this danger zone. California sounds good. Lots of people there with similar views as many folks in Santa Fe. Join the free-tibet-save-the-whale crowd. Peace.

    joe in Espa

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 11:50 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 128

    Hasn't anyone heard of the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPAL and that is, when in doubt, to err on the side of "precaution" and NOT later TREATMENT which is often too late and overly costly. My bet that business as usual will mean this report will be put on a shelf to gather dust until which time another pending catastrophe happens, like another Conchas Fire which almost burned Area G despite the so called official denials ! Talk to the local residents up there and ask them !! Next time we may not be so lucky. Act now and which means more than just lip service. And perhaps most importantly CLOSE THE PLACE DOWN and re-commission LANL with a PEACE MISSION to benefit everyone and the planet. TRY IT YOU MAY LIKE IT !!

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 654

    There's lots of firebreaks between for forests and Area G.

    An earthquake will collapse PF-4, quick we need the CMRR to be built.

     
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