Friday, December 31, 2004

Was the shutdown justified?

Brad Holian, a physicist at LANL for the past 32 years published an article in the December, 2004 issue of Physics Today on this topic. The paper presents the safety statistics that were already published at the time Director Nanos declared LANL to be a place of "egregious" safety violations.

December, 2004 Physics Today Article (Pdf)

It is interesting to observe that now, 7 months after the shutdown, LANL and NNSA spin doctors are "reinventing" these safety statistics to provide an after-the-fact justification for Nanos' decision to shut the entire lab down in July, 2004. Interestingly enough, the doctored statistics are at odds with the published ones, mysteriously making LANL look worse than its peers in the DOE complex, rather than better, as the published stats show.

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