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Thursday, December 6, 2012

LANL Contractor To Pay $10 Million

LANL Contractor To Pay $10 Million

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that runs Los Alamos National Laboratory says it will pay $10 million to cover some of the costs for fixing a faulty $213 million security system.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the money will cover “potentially unallowable costs” incurred in construction of the system, which was built around the only place in the country where nuclear weapon triggers can be made.

Citing a joint statement from the lab and the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Journal says the money will come from Los Alamos National Security, the private contractor that runs the lab.

Officials have estimated it will take an additional $41 million and another six months to fix the system, which was supposed to be up and running this summer.


Anonymous said...

Charlie said that the money was from "non taxpayer funds".

But, isn't ALL of the LANS money from fee that was collected as a tax on program dollars? And, aren't program dollars ALL taxpayer funds?

How are the oversight groups expected to swallow this story without choking?

Anonymous said...

For sure taxpayers are footing the bill. First they must (now) pay $60m for the LANS "fee". Then we must pay $40m in cost overruns for a fence that won't save anyone from anything. In order to salvage this phoney baloney ripoff, Charlie has agreed to pay (back) $10M. If he and Bechtel had an ounce of self-respect they'd quit this charade and lower their heads in shame as they signed their collective resignation. Instead they'll take a bonus off the backs of the LANS employees that haven't been laid off yet while patting themselves on the back for a job well done.

Anonymous said...

The $10M is `unallowable costs' which means it comes out of fee or corporate. That said, they can make life miserable for the employees, just because...

Good thing this is an issue for the `other lab', and not LLNL. We know how to install a fence here.

Anonymous said...

Pony up LANS, pony up, what goes around comes around....

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