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McMillian's remarks need clarification

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan’s April 9 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee regarding plutonium infrastructure and pit production, summarized by the Los Alamos Monitor on April 18, contained errors, lacked context and should be clarified.
McMillan’s remarks create the impression that a) it is necessary to build expensive new pit production facilities at LANL sooner rather than later (or never), and b) LANL should create all, not just some, of the analytical chemistry (AC) necessary for large pit production campaigns. In McMillan’s view, NNSA should ignore existing plutonium labs elsewhere in the nuclear weapons complex, which might provide cost-effective expansion space if needed, in favor of building additional new space at LANL.
McMillan exaggerates the risk of shipping very small analytical chemistry (AC) samples of plutonium to other sites, and assumes shipment would be done through commercial vendors. Such shipments are routine today and believed safe. Risks could be mitigated further if desired, and in any case small shipments need not be done (and have not always been done) commercially.

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Now that it's finished, what do you think of the county's $2.2 million improvement project for Ashley Pond?

What is THE one thing Los Alamos needs in order to become more attractive to potential residents and tourists?

This town needs more restaurants and night life.
14% (95 votes)
Los Alamos must have more up-to-date, attractive housing options.
3% (17 votes)
There should be a real mix of retail shopping opportunities.
8% (50 votes)
There cannot be just one, it needs to be a blend of all of the above.
61% (402 votes)
None of the above... Leave this town alone.
14% (92 votes)
Total votes: 656

How will you vote on the proposed 2-mil tax levy for UNM-LA?

Yes, I will support the proposed tax increase.
52% (90 votes)
No, I will not vote in favor of a tax increase.
48% (84 votes)
Total votes: 174

Should county officials prohibit the Los Alamos Monitor from placing a newspaper rack at the new municipal building?

Yes, it's their building and they should be able to control everything.
19% (136 votes)
No, the building belongs to taxpayers and there should be a news rack there.
70% (505 votes)
I'm not sure.
4% (30 votes)
I don't know, does the First Amendment really matter any more?
7% (50 votes)
Total votes: 721

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