Thursday, August 11, 2005

Radioactive Blunder Fuels Criticism of Los Alamos

Contributing Writer
Thursday, August 11, 2005

A mishandling of radioactive material by a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee spurred criticism of UC’s management this week.

According to a lab report released on Monday, an employee’s mishandling of a radioactive substance, americium 241, resulted in contamination of his home in New Mexico, houses of his relatives in Colorado and Kansas, and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pennsylvania, which received a contaminated shipment from the employee.


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