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This BLOG is for LLNL present and past employees, friends of LLNL and anyone impacted by the privatization of the Lab to express their opinions and expose the waste, wrongdoing and any kind of injustice against employees and taxpayers by LLNS/DOE/NNSA. The opinions stated are personal opinions. Therefore, The BLOG author may or may not agree with them before making the decision to post them. Comments not conforming to BLOG rules are deleted. Blog author serves as a moderator. For new topics or suggestions, email

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


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Friday, October 19, 2018

Change in moderation frequency 9/18-10/18

Between 9/18 and 10/18, instead of every couple of hours , I will moderate your comments and posts once a day.  I will resume normal schedule on 10/19.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Two significant issues in nuc facility in same week

August 24, 2018 
SUBJECT: Los Alamos Activity Report for Week Ending August 24, 2018
MEMORANDUM FOR: Christopher J. Roscetti, Technical Director 
FROM: J.W. Plaue and D. Gutowski, Resident Inspectors

Plutonium Facility–Infrastructure: On Saturday, a worker replacing degraded braided wire cable for a glovebox door counterbalance received a skin contamination due to a glovebox glove breach. The skin was not damaged and was successfully decontaminated. There is a substantial effort to replace these cables in plutonium-238 gloveboxes; one cable failed during use earlier this year. The sharps review process had not been used for this work package. During recent construction activities, workers received permission to cut a lock on a position controller for the Zone 1 ventilation system because the key could not be found. Following a cut, they accidentally dropped the bolt cutters, which impacted a glovebox window. The window cracked, but contamination surveys indicated it was not breached. Workers replaced the window later in the day.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How do you feel about the future of LANL?

How do staff feel about the future of LANL with Triad? Seems like it could put things on a slow, but upward trajectory. Sure, the labs still lack a mission and they don't command the respect or secure funding they had during the Cold War. But I'm thinking about going back to the labs in an R&D role once I cash out in Silicon Valley and can buy a nice house in Santa Fe mortgage free. Now seems like the right time since they are non-profit again, and the economy is likely to enter recession in 1-2 years.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

LSEO has "multiple openings for Division Superintendents"


"You will be responsible for the effective management and leadership of a large and diverse workforce consisting of electronics, mechanical, and operations technical personnel who support the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Principal Directorate and the Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF)."

LANS' Board of Directors and TRIAD's

LANS/LLNS is overseen by a Board of Governors while Triad has a Board of Directors. Years ago I was told by the Lab Directors Office when the DD was reviewing a presentation I had prepared, not to refer to the LLNS Board of Governors as the Board of Directors. So is there any real significance to this difference in names? Does a Board of Directors have more legal authority/responsibility than a Board of Governors?


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