Saturday, February 19, 2005

Double Standard

From Anonymous:

I believe that there is a double standard. Sandia may severely injure people and it never makes the news. There was a recent unintentional premature test explosion that my unconfirmed info says that permanently injured at least one person and could have easily killed several. But, it didn't make the news. This may not be true. If true, NNSA covers up Sandia mistakes, but leaks LANL mistakes. Ask NNSA or Sandia if this is true. If true, is NNSA higher-ups getting kickbacks from Lockheed-Martin to make then look good?


Comments:
You believe there is a double standard? Many postings to the blog point out the various discrepancies in safety and security violations at multiple laboratories that make LANL look better than any of them. There was a death at Savannah River last year. Did NNSA shut them down? Have they been smeared like LANL? Have their employees been called buttheads and other worse names?

Nanos says there were 322 injuries at LANL last year, but the report filed with OSHA says 267. What were the other 55 injuries?

We have a weak UC president who won't stand up for his employees; we have a weak Congressional delegation who won't stand up for us and actually berated us based upon Nanos' description of the missing CREM which turned out to be false; we have newspapers in the state that will not write the truth (no Woodward's and Bernstein's in New Mexico ready to expose one of the largest waste of taxpayers' money ever).

We need to keep contacting our Congressional delegation to support us and to convince DOE/NNSA and UC to remove Nanos and the entire upper management structure. We need a streamlined managment where the Division Leaders report to the Director and a Deputy Director, where the Director is the Chief Science Officer, and where the rest of the UC employees are paid to support the missions of LANL, not push paper from one desk to another. We especially need to remove the Chief of Staff management level in division offices because their main purpose is to push paper. They contribute nothing to LANL goals.

We need a complete repudiation of the CWP and of the Director's Instruction Number 04-006.1 which is a discriminatory policy directed at UC retirees. We need a safety policy that is bottom up, not top down. And certainly there are other policies that need removing/strealining.

But first - he has to go. We can't function as we are now.
 
The just previous comment needs to be moved up to a more visible spot on The Blog. There are comments on "Where do we go from here," for which this is the most thoughtful comment I have seen. Just who IS this "Anonymous," anyway? Smart fella.

-Not the same Anonymous.
 
Thank you for your comments about my comment. This fella wears a cowgirl hat!

"Anonymous said...

The just previous comment needs to be moved up to a more visible spot on The Blog. There are comments on "Where do we go from here," for which this is the most thoughtful comment I have seen. Just who IS this "Anonymous," anyway? Smart fella."
 
The comments about the previous comment needing better visibility have been noted.

--Doug
 
Sandia has had mishaps recently, including some involving explosives. They have also lost CREM last summer. They have handled these, perhaps "allowed to", without much attention. Those are the facts. I have no idea why LANL can't handle mishaps in the same way.
 
The answer is quite simple: our director is incapable of managing LANL.
 
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