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Report cites management for lab security delays

Created: 01/08/2014 9:22 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new report blames management weaknesses for delays and cost overruns in what was supposed to be a $213 million security system at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The report from the Department of Energy's Inspector General says the problems delayed completion nearly a year and resulted in $41 million in cost overruns.

Problems with the system for protecting the only place in the country where nuclear weapon triggers can be made were made public last year.

At the time, lab director Charlie McMillan called performance on the project "unacceptable" and said it had damaged the lab's credibility.  But he emphasized the plutonium facilities were never compromised.

The IG report Tuesday says the National Nuclear Security Administration now has taken the necessary action to hold contractors responsible for the problems.

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