SANTA FE (AP) — The private consortium that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been fined by the federal government for losing track of secret weapons data and nuclear material.
The fine of more than $192,000 finalized last month was reduced by about 20 percent from what was initially proposed by the Department of Energy in May.
Federal investigators said the lab contractor failed to catch a discrepancy in shipping papers for the classified material when it was sent to the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported. The classified materials and nuclear material have never been located.
The lab management company is called Los Alamos National Security and is headed by Bechtel Corp. Laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark told the newspaper Friday that lab management cooperated in the investigation after reporting the issue to the government. The notice of violation is being reviewed, Roark said.
Government reports show the classified material was misplaced sometime between when it was shipped from the lab to the Nevada site in 2007 and when a lab worker realized it wasn't there in 2012.