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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

More on how Moniz viewed the safety culture at LANL

In that episode the final Accident Investigation Board report said supervisors had “fostered a culture where employees do not feel comfortable raising safety issues to management.” Ernest Moniz, secretary of Energy from May 2013 to January 2017, said shortly before leaving that the day the drum exploded at WIPP was by far the worst day of his tenure. Los Alamos, he said in a subsequent interview with CPI, had “inadequate quality control in how they were packaging the wastes. There is no sugarcoating that.”


Moniz also said that during his tenure, there was “a clear pattern” in which the nuclear weapons laboratories were annually ranked more poorly by his department on their “operations” than on their other tasks, with Los Alamos “in particular…the lowest.” He said he had “no doubt they have had some management problems.”

https://apps.publicintegrity.org/nuclear-negligence/inhaled-uranium/

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Is Charlie still planning to go ahead with the Gallup poll of employee opinions? What a waste of money after the Kiwi did his feel good cheer for LANS, and then was arrested a few months later for being a sex offender.

June 27, 2017 at 1:53 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
” He said he had “no doubt they have had some management problems.”

No they have a cultural problem, and culture means workers not managers. The managers get it, they have to fight the culture,
it is the workforce that is the problem, not the management. The management should be given more money and power to fight the workforce.

June 27, 2017 at 2:21 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Upper management heard from once again. Yada, yada, yada ... blathered forth June 27, 2017 at 2:21 PM. PAD? AD? DAD?

June 27, 2017 at 3:47 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I still remember Dr. Victor Reis (DOE, Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs, DP-1), in 1997, telling LANL managers "it's the day-in and day-out safety and security issues at Los Alamos". That's 20-years ago and nothing has changed, 20 long years ago.

June 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
That's 20-years ago and nothing has changed, 20 long years ago.

June 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM

And yet you continue to blather it any chance you get, despite being proved wrong - he never said it.

June 27, 2017 at 6:03 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
...and Vic never said any such thing.

June 27, 2017 at 7:21 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I still remember Dr. Victor Reis (DOE, Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs, DP-1), in 2015, telling an audience in LANL that privatization of the NNSA labs has failed. That's 2-years ago and nothing has changed, 2 long years ago.

June 28, 2017 at 2:40 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
..and Vic never said any such thing.

June 27, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Admit it Vic, admit it! It's funny how retired Feds "change their tune" when they work for the contractors (e.g. LANL, LLNL, etc.) they abused and admonished as e a Fed. I get it!

June 28, 2017 at 2:59 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Did Charlie lie at his all hands meeting?

He said that he had called a temporary pause to shipping after last week's mistake. Yet, the Federal notice indicated that LANS had had their permits pulled. What is it? Did the feds revoke the permits or did Charlie pause work and the permits are still fully valid and in place?

June 28, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Anonymous said...

Did Charlie lie at his all hands meeting?

He said that he had called a temporary pause to shipping after last week's mistake. Yet, the Federal notice indicated that LANS had had their permits pulled. What is it? Did the feds revoke the permits or did Charlie pause work and the permits are still fully valid and in place?

Anonymous said...



June 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM


All permits were revoked as of the day of the notice, said to be first time ever that such action has been taken against a contractor.

Way to go LANL, continue managing to go where no one else has dared to go before.

Anonymous said...

LANL has a cesspool culture through and through on the operations side. They literally do not care because they believe nothing with happen because nothing ever has. Contractors will change and they will continue on....

Anonymous said...

Moniz is an academic boner.

Anonymous said...

Past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour and for more than 20 years LANL has had one safety and security mistake after another. Contractors will change, mistakes will continue and not much else will happen.

Anonymous said...

" LANL has had one safety and security mistake after another. Contractors will change, mistakes will continue and not much else will happen."

Indeed this is true. The question is why?

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