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Panel cites more safety issues at New Mexico nuclear lab

Panel cites more safety issues at New Mexico nuclear lab

The Associated Press
June 18, 2018 11:01 AM

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - An independent panel that monitors federal nuclear installations around the United States has documented more safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility.

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The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a crew of pipefitters in May was decontaminated after radioactive contamination was found on a worker's hands, on the crew's protective clothing and in the work area.

The contamination wasn't discovered until after the job was finished, and all pipefitting work was paused.

Weekly briefings from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board also show that members of another crew placed plutonium salts in a prohibited area last month.

The instances are the latest in a series of radiation releases and operational mistakes as Los Alamos lab ramps up its work with nuclear material.

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