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McMillan responds to reports of alleged missteps by LANL

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Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan denounced a published report earlier this week that exposed missteps at the lab that played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

In an internal memo to staff, obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, McMillan dismissed suggestions that the lab was withholding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

“I want to assure you that nothing is further from the truth, and scientific integrity is valued above all else at this institution,” he said in the memo.

McMillan was taking aim at the Santa Fe New Mexican’s initial report, which was based on interviews and thousands of documents and emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Some of the emails that were uncovered expressed outrage from WIPP officials about what they weren’t told by LANL.

In the memo, McMillan gave his take on the New Mexican story.


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