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Nuke Watch assails lab salary increase

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Activists: Claims pay hikes exceed public or private sector

By John Severance

Nuclear Watch New Mexico is claiming that the salary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory director has tripled in the past six years in a report it released Wednesday.

According to federal reporting on economic stimulus funding, Charlie McMillan, the LANL director, had a salary of $1,081,059 in 2011. In 2009, the salary was $800,348 and in 2005, the year before the management of the lab was awarded to Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a corporation including the University of California, Bechtel Corporation, URS and B&W, the salary was $348,000.

Based on Nuclear Watch’s tabulations, the director at Sandia makes $1.72 million and the director at Livermore makes $500,522.

Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch Director said, “In today’s political and economic climate citizens need to remain vigilant that for-profit corporate interests don’t corrupt serious national issues. This very much applies to how our nuclear weapons labs are run as well. We specifically call upon Los Alamos Lab to fully explain to northern New Mexicans why it needs to cut some 600 jobs while at the same time the for-profit management corporation is enjoying record profits and the Director’s salary has nearly tripled in six years.”


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