Changes ordered at LANL over nuke waste leak at WIPP

KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say four Los Alamos workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy is revamping oversight of nuclear waste cleanup at the lab.

The moves come after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico, contaminating 22 workers with low levels of radiation and indefinitely shuttering the government’s only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.

According to a lab official, four workers involved in the program have been reassigned.

And the Department of Energy Friday said it is moving the cleanup program from the National Nuclear Security Administration to its Office of Environmental Management to enable the contractor that runs Los Alamos to “focus on the core national security missions at the site.”

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