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Oops: Los Alamos Lab Loses Plutonium

Wednesday, 18 June 2003 12:00 AM

The plutonium has been missing since 2001 but was reported only last week to Department of Energy officials responsible for overseeing the lab. DOE requires any missing weapons-grade nuclear material of a half-gram or more be reported.

POGO said the fact the missing material was not reported is a violation of department policy and raises serious questions about the level of confidence in DOE's Material Control and Accountability System that tracks hundreds of tons of weapons-grade nuclear material.

A former DOE official advised POGO that even small quantities of missing plutonium are a potential threat to public health and safety and are taken very seriously.

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