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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Los Alamos National Lab Failed to Protect Classified Information

Report says Los Alamos National Lab Failed to Protect Classified Information

Updated: 01/28/2015 10:12 PM | Created: 01/28/2015 9:19 PM 

By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It has just been one problem after another for the Los Alamos National Laboratory as of late. This week alone, several of those problems are in the headlines.

The latest problem out of LANL is a new report obtained by our partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican. It shows that a classification officer at LANL failed to protect classified information, and because of that, there were six different incidents where information involving national security was wrongly released.

It is also hard to forget the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, which was blamed on LANL. Investigators say workers at LANL started using a different kind of kitty litter for packing, which caused a barrel to burst.
State Representative David Gallegos says he hopes to work with the representative who serves Los Alamos to see how the state can help prevent any more problems at LANL.

"Right away, disappointment came to my mind because, like I say, they've been under the microscope since the incident at the WIPP site, so it's one of those things. When you're being viewed that closely...you're going to find errors," Representative Gallegos said. "It also gives you the opportunity to upgrade the way you do business, and I was disappointed that they've gotten more problems than what was already revealed."

LANL officials released this brief statement on the release of classified information:

"The lab is looking at addressing the issues raised in the report through a set of corrective actions."

State: LANL, WIPP will face steeper fines

State: LANL, WIPP will face steeper fines

By Patrick Malone, The New Mexican

January 28, 2015

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/state-lanl-wipp-will-face-steeper-fines/article_d4d6ff20-f04b-54e9-b52a-fb319dcb2187.html


The New Mexico Environment Department is preparing to levy more fines against Los Alamos National Laboratory that would dwarf the already steep penalties the lab faces for its role in last year’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, state Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The threat to impose more fines could give the state leverage in ongoing negotiations over the $54.3 million in fines assessed so far against the U.S. Department of Energy and its private contractors that operate LANL and WIPP.

“We were conservative in the fines we assessed. There’s really, from my perspective, very little negotiating room in terms of a downward adjustment of the fines we assessed,” Flynn told The New Mexican after testifying before the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

He said the second round of fines against Los Alamos’ state-issued operating permit could carry amounts much higher than the combined total of the penalties both nuclear sites currently face.

Disgruntled scientist

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/29/us-nuclear-scientist-secretly-taped-by-fbi-claiming-he-could-bomb-new-york

So... this is what you guys do on your off time?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Goldstein and his whip

What's all this talk about Goldstein and his whip?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dear Scooby

Dear Scooby. Keep up the great work! There is no "real" communication at the Labs, only smoke and mirrors.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wrong doings by LANLs Classification Officer

Here is the preliminary report by the IG following their investigation into wrong doings by LANLs  Classification Officer. Your readers might find it very interesting because the first incident described gives some background into the events that led up to the firing of the LANL scientist who inadvertently publishing something classified.

Unfortunately, some things never change. Between the time this investigation began and the time the report came out, the CO was allowed to retire, and the DL and AD that knew about these events, but took no action, have been promoted to AD and PAD.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9eIrcyRIQxyS1RGWXVJT2c5Y25JVWlPSGgtTV9HNGRQMzNV/view?usp=sharing

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LANL Vents Toxic Ground Vapors, Raising Air Quality Concerns

 Santa Fe, New Mexican, Saturday, January 24, 2015

WHITE ROCK — For years, workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory dumped canisters, drums and other containers of liquid chemical waste into shafts on a mesa bordering this small town near the birthplace of the atomic bomb. The containers leaked, creating a plume of toxic chemical vapor that has been seeping through tiny pores in soil and volcanic rock in a slow march toward regional groundwater and the Rio Grande.

A citizens advisory board approved a proposal in 2010 for the lab to clean up the plume by releasing the vapors into the air. The proposal presented to the board included using carbon filters to collect most of the contaminants. The lab would then ship the filters to a toxic waste dump in Utah.

But the cleanup began recently with the lab releasing the gases directly into the air without the filters. The state’s Environment Department approved the change without public notice. The lab and the state say a public hearing was not needed because the amount of pollutants that would be released into the air falls within the limits allowed by the lab’s clean air permit, which covers its entire 40-square-mile property.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lanl-vents-toxic-ground-vapors-raising-air-quality-concerns/article_e744de0a-4a7b-5f48-ba53-027625b93011.html

Did the culture of reprisal at LANSLLNS contribute to the WIPP disaster?

Was the culture of reprisal at LANSLLNS a contributing factor to the ~0.5 billion dollar WIPP environmental disaster? Were experienced lab employees reluctant to speak up when it could have made a difference in the WIPP outcome?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW EEOICPA SPECIAL EXPOSURE COHORT PETITION QUALIFIED FOR LLNL FOR WORKERS FROM 1974 THROUGH 1995


Aside from the existing Special Exposure Cohort benefit for all Lawrence Livermore National Lab workers from the 1950 to 1973 period, covering them for certain specified cancers and beryllium disease, I’ve authored and got a new petition officially qualified to potentially cover workers from 1974 through 1995. This news was published in the Federal Register this past week.

 
What it means is the beginning of a funded study which hopefully will result in a new cohort becoming law, perhaps by 2016, and potentially covering all or part of the 1974 to 1995 study period for all LLNL employees, Livermore and Tracy. This could have very positive impacts on certain prior denied claims, pending claims and of course new claims and allowing Frowiss to now represent you will assure your claim gets the best priority and treatment.   Albert B. Frowiss, Sr., is an independent EEOICPA claims advocate doing these specialized claims, with the experience of getting 2,000 families paid approximately $400 million to date.   As your personal advocate, Frowiss does worker and survivor claims for DOE sites nationally, with focus on the national labs with Special Exposure Cohorts.  Please visit his website and/or phone or email  Albert B. Frowiss, Sr., P.O. Box 909, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067,  858.756.1494 phone and fax;  email: frowiss@frowiss.org or website: www.frowiss.org
 
Frowiss is a long time friend of LLNL workers, having been an instrumentation solutions supplier beginning in the late 1950’s, founding his own instrumentation firm in 1967, retiring as a high tech entrepreneur in 1977 after merging, DORIC, his digital thermometry firm, with Emerson Electric. His dad was at Bikini-Eniwetok for Operation Redwing in the 1950’s and Frowiss did his first EEOICPA claim for his mother, the surviving spouse in 2007, having now done 2,000 more claims, helping workers and survivors. In the past year Frowiss has helped more than 100 Bay area families with their claims for LLNL, LBNL and Sandia.  Frowiss has a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and has never had a client complaint.
 

So how does it go down from here?



1 The LANL director steps down in mid 2015 as more WIPP revelations com out.

2 Bechtel is no longer interested in running the labs and lets it be known that they will not rebid and that it is cannot change a persistent troubled culture at the labs.

3 Congress investigates and concludes that the labs are out of control, and demand a downsizing along with increased federal oversight in the form of TYGER teams.

4 RIFs across the complex as the Congress and the public demand blood.

5 A new agency is formed that will run the NW program. No private contractor will get near the labs unless they get paid 300 million or more, due to the cultural problem at the labs. 

6 the complex is reduced to 1/3 its size and what is left is mostly oversight. A consortium comprised of various companies now runs the operation. Cost skyrocket. The new CC (Culture Crusher) program goes into effect.

A/B

Word has it, A and B divisions at LLNL are going to be merged under one umbrella. What is driving this? Seems like a match made in hell.

Los Alamos has highest fraction of millionaires in US

Los Alamos has highest fraction of millionaires in US

Once again, this explains much about why deaf ears are turned to the requests for more money for LANL. When the average person in the country is barely able to make ends meet in today's economy, the trend in Congress is to spend more federal funds to help out lower income people. It is a guarantee that funding for the nuclear weapons complex will continue to decrease, unless some powerful politician comes up with a scheme to build a new facility in their backyard. Since NM does not have any politicians in DC with any clout, LANL buildings will continue to decay. On the bright side, some disproportionately rich folks can watch the decay in their own backyard.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/21/where-are-americas-millionaires/

Are LANL retirees being forced onto Obamacare?

Are LANL retirees being forced onto Obamacare?


"In Human Resources, an approved move to retiree health care exchanges that could yield savings has not been implemented."



The above is from page 23 of the annual performance evaluation report. What does it mean?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Value of NNSA Field Offices at LANL and LLNL?

The value of NNSA Field Offices at LANL and LLNL?

What is the value added of the NNSA Local Field Offices at LANL and LLNL? How have LANS and LLNS operations, efficiencies, and business practices materially improved with NNSA on site presence? Are the NNSA Field Office staff active and impartial evaluators, or passive transcribers of lab contractor activities? Does it take DOE IG investigations (LANS Deputy Director, WIPP, etc.) to get the NNSA Field Offices to finally act against "established relationships" with their assigned contractor? 

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