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."
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