Physics Today on LANL contract loss
In 2006 Los Alamos
National Security LLC—a consortium of the University of California,
Bechtel Corp, Babcock & Wilcox Co, URS Corp, and AECOM—took over
management of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). On 17 December, in
an email sent to LANL employees, lab director Charles McMillan revealed
that the consortium's $2.2 billion contract would not be automatically
extended or renewed after 2017 by the National Nuclear Security
Administration, which oversees the contract. The consortium took over
operations after several years of problematic management and has shown
improved management in its recent yearly reviews, but not at a level
that earned it an automatic renewal. LANL has had a number of public
embarrassments this year, including a radiation leak at its main waste
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