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Lab cited for RACER violation

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LANL: NMED sent notice to LANL, alleging information was not sent to database

By John Severance

The New Mexico Environment Department sent the Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC a notice of violation of the June 14, 2007 settlement agreement.
In a letter dated June 3, 2011, the violation occurred when the respondents failed to enter environmental data, such as soil, rock and pore gas, from the Los Alamos National Laboratory every week into the Risk Analysis, Communication, Evaluation and Reduction (RACER).
In December, an audit was conducted of the RACER database and the auditors discovered that some available data had not been added. The lab staff informed the audit team that LANL had not been providing all new environmental media data to the New Mexico Community Foundation or adding the data directly to RACER each week since early September 2010.
On Feb. 14, 2011, the draft audit report was provided to NMED by the NMCF. And one of the key findings of the draft audit report was that the lab is no longer providing all new data on a routine basis to RACER. On March 15 at the RACER Project Steering Committee meeting, the lab acknowledged the audit conclusion is essentially correct and that the respondents failed to provide soils, rock and sediments data into RACER since September of last year.
NMED then independently verified that the recent data was not available in RACER.


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