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Report: Lab Not Tracking All Plutonium(No inventory taken for 13 years!)
Assoicated Press ^ | 9/13/2007 | JENNIFER TALHELM

Posted on 09/13/2007 7:57:46 AM PDT by kellynla

WASHINGTON (AP) — A stockpile of plutonium and other nuclear weapons materials stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory hasn't been fully accounted for in 13 years or more, a government audit has found.

The northern New Mexico lab's workers have done regular, partial inventories of the material, which the government considers to be at high risk of theft, the audit by the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, found.

Yet an inventory of all the material hasn't been done in "perhaps 13 years or more," Friedman wrote. It wasn't even done when the lab's management contract changed last year, investigators noted in the report made public Wednesday.

Friedman said he is concerned because the lack of complete inventories means that lab workers likely haven't physically accounted for all of the material in more than a decade.

"The capability to deter, detect and assist in the prevention of theft or diversion of this material is critical," Friedman wrote. Yet, he added: "We were unable to find anyone with knowledge or documentation of the last time the vault was completely inventoried."

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.google.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: incompetence; losalamos; plutonium
It's nothing short of a miracle that we have been blown to hell.
1 posted on 09/13/2007 7:57:47 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Doesn’t Los Alamos have a major security incident every 6 months or so? It seems like they have no security procedures in place at all, and no oversight to speak of.


2 posted on 09/13/2007 8:02:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: kellynla
While Friedman noted that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducts full inventories semiannually, Roark said Lawrence Livermore has a much smaller store of nuclear material. Full inventories are impractical and expensive, given Los Alamos' much larger supply, Roark said.

Uh, Mr. Roark, it is precisely because you <Kinison> HAVE A MUCH LARGER SUPPLY </Kinison> that you need to inventory it. I am sorry if that is expensive and difficult but contrary to what you learned in publik skool, you have to do those things too.

3 posted on 09/13/2007 8:05:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: ClearCase_guy

After all the security lapses with the Chinese and now this lack of accountability.....WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?


4 posted on 09/13/2007 8:06:23 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Life was better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not)
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To: kellynla; greyfoxx39

NM Ping!


5 posted on 09/13/2007 8:06:39 AM PDT by CedarDave (Vietnam vet supporting today's freedom fighting men and women and their families.)
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To: kellynla

who was in charge at the time - clinton, richardson?


6 posted on 09/13/2007 8:06:52 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: kellynla
A reminder:

Wen Ho Lee Set Free 7 Years Ago Today (NM-Bill Richardson)

7 posted on 09/13/2007 8:07:46 AM PDT by CedarDave (Vietnam vet supporting today's freedom fighting men and women and their families.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

well ya know where NM got their governor from...
yep, the Los Alamos Loser himself, Richardson...
and he wants to be POTUS? LMAO
how he got elected governor is a mystery to me...
he couldn’t even manage a Dairy Queen much less a state!


8 posted on 09/13/2007 8:08:12 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Plutonium based paint for toys means you won’t trip over them in the dark anymore.


9 posted on 09/13/2007 8:09:33 AM PDT by RightWhale (Stop Change while it is perfect.)
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To: kellynla

Strange, my lab uses tiny amounts of nuclear material and we have to provide an inventory and be inspected monthly. And the stuff we work with is pretty benign.


10 posted on 09/13/2007 8:10:49 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Fitzcarraldo

“who was in charge at the time - clinton, richardson?”

obviously neither...LMAO


11 posted on 09/13/2007 8:15:40 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Hmmm... Since early in the Clinton years.


12 posted on 09/13/2007 8:16:17 AM PDT by twigs
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To: twigs

to cover a theft perhaps, 13 years ago


13 posted on 09/13/2007 8:18:05 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: Fitzcarraldo

That’s an interesting, though chilling, thought. Given the WH occupants of the time, however, not a surprising one. I do NOT! want to return any Clinton anywhere near our WH.


14 posted on 09/13/2007 8:20:10 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Fitzcarraldo

Another use for plutonium is to paint over your incandescent bulbs. They will never burn out or need batteries again!


15 posted on 09/13/2007 8:21:16 AM PDT by RightWhale (Stop Change while it is perfect.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Doesn’t Los Alamos have a major security incident every 6 months or so? It seems like they have no security procedures in place at all, and no oversight to speak of.

Los Alamos has had a security problem from the beginning. Klaus Fuchs, a German with a British political asylum pass, and Theodore Hall, a 19 year old recruited from Harvard, gave the Soviets all the work being done on the Manhattan Project. It saved the Soviet Union years of wasted effort, and the first Soviet atomic bomb was exploded in 1949, thanks to the Los Alamos traitors.

16 posted on 09/13/2007 8:21:17 AM PDT by xJones
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To: mysterio

S”trange, my lab uses tiny amounts of nuclear material and we have to provide an inventory and be inspected monthly.
And the stuff we work with is pretty benign.”

yea...well maybe your boss should apply for the job at Los Al since there hasn’t been anyone doing it for over a decade!


17 posted on 09/13/2007 8:25:23 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: twigs
a policy change from the highest levels, a few firings and reorganizations in key departments at los alamos before richardson it was hazel o'leary: (Hazel Rollins O'Leary (born May 17, 1937) was the seventh United States Secretary of Energy from 1993 to 1997.She was the first and to date only woman to hold the position.)

then richardson:
"The Senate confirmed Richardson to be Clinton's Secretary of Energy on July 31, 1998. His tenure at the Department of Energy was marred by the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage scandal. Richardson was also criticized by the Senate for his handling of the espionage inquiry by not testifying in front of Congress sooner. Richardson justified his response by saying that he was waiting to uncover more information before speaking to Congress.[7]" - -wikipedia

18 posted on 09/13/2007 8:28:10 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: Fitzcarraldo
Hazel O'leary:

During her term as Secretary of Energy, she was often accused of travelling too frequently and spending lavishly on her accommodations. She apologized to Congressional committees in 1996 for spending which exceeded limits on the funds appropriated for travel and resigned in January 1997. Some also made the accusation that these trips, which according to a GAO report sometimes paid expenses for businessmen, were used to pay back Democratic Party contributors. It was later revealed that Chinagate scandal figure Johnny Chung claimed that O'Leary met with Chinese oil officials after Chung had donated $25,000 to O'Leary's favorite charity Africare. Janet Reno refused to authorize an investigation of this charge, however. It was later revealed that FBI director Louis Freeh had advised Reno that the circumstances surrounding the donations were "extraordinarily suspicious".

19 posted on 09/13/2007 8:28:58 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: Fitzcarraldo

Thank you. It’s coming back and it’s even worse than I remembered. I’ve said from the beginning that I thought Hillary would select Richardson to be her running mate. He knows where all the bodies are buried and seems to be fine with his knowledge, as far as I can tell.


20 posted on 09/13/2007 8:37:40 AM PDT by twigs
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To: kellynla

3 years...


21 posted on 09/13/2007 8:42:12 AM PDT by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: kellynla

big gubmit at work.


22 posted on 09/13/2007 9:34:42 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...
NM Ping

If you want on or off the NM Ping list, please FReepmail me.

23 posted on 09/13/2007 12:55:29 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 ( Mexico does not stop at its border, Wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico. Calderon)
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To: greyfoxx39

Just wonderful.

Hey, maybe Richardson is converting the RailRunner engines to nuclear power??


24 posted on 09/13/2007 1:13:02 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt

ROTFL....only if he can figure out a way to expand his campaign coffers!


25 posted on 09/13/2007 1:14:00 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 ( Mexico does not stop at its border, Wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico. Calderon)
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To: kellynla
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26 posted on 09/13/2007 1:16:14 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 ( Mexico does not stop at its border, Wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico. Calderon)
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To: Fitzcarraldo

Come on, Folks! Almost half that time we’ve had GWB in the WH. What’s up with his DOE not doing anything about this??? Obviously no one wants this problem solved. And what about the Air Force doing its big investigation about the nuclear bombs being loaded into B-52s and flown across the country? We are to believe that this was just another “human error”? Thank God our enemy is dumber than we are, and that’s really saying something.


27 posted on 09/13/2007 1:25:03 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: kellynla

By the way, there are lots of really good Chinese restaurants in Los Alamos. Probably more there than in Albuquerque.

I’m sure it’s nothing to be concerned about.


28 posted on 09/13/2007 1:31:50 PM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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To: kellynla
Report: Lab Not Tracking All Plutonium (No inventory taken for 13 years!)

Do we really want the government running our health care system?

29 posted on 09/13/2007 3:18:20 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: Sioux-san
We are to believe that this was just another “human error”?

Sounds like some bureaucrats hoping to never be in trouble
by having a full inventory.

So they do a bunch of piece-meal work and never fully reconcile records.

Reminds me of how the Los Angles Unified School District would change
the standardized tests given to students every year or so.
And then mutter something about how students were "doing better
than last year" although the tests administered
"weren't necessarily comparable"!
30 posted on 09/13/2007 3:25:08 PM PDT by VOA
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To: ClearCase_guy

And if you remember, it was 96’ or 97’ that stolen nuclear data was missing, later tracked down to another ChiCom.


31 posted on 09/13/2007 6:25:42 PM PDT by quant5
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