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A new report by a federal auditor revisits old vulnerabilities in the area of fire protection at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
At the same time, the report gives laboratory managers credit for taking substantial actions based on the audit.
The report found past failures to correct fire safety issues “that increased the risks of injury or loss of life had a fire occurred at Los Alamos,” along with the risk that hazardous or radiological material could have been released, operations disrupted and buildings and components lost.
Recommendations included structuring the contract incentives to reflect clear expectations on the fire safety questions.
A response by the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is ultimately responsible for fire protection at the nuclear weapons laboratory, agreed with the report’s recommendations but not with its conclusions.
In a background memorandum the Department of Energy Inspector General summarizes the findings of an audit that has been going on for about 16 months and is one of at least four conducted since 2005 on the subject of fire safety with another one already underway.
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