Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Secure nukes at 1 site

Secure nukes at 1 site

By James W. Brosnan
Scripps Howard News Service

October 5, 2005

WASHINGTON - An advisory panel is telling the Department of Energy it should consolidate its nuclear bomb-making facilities, including units at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, into one isolated, secure site to make a new generation of warheads.

The recommendation made Tuesday by the Secretary's Energy Advisory Board, if adopted by the administration and Congress, could mean Los Alamos would no longer make the plutonium "pits" for bombs, that Sandia would no longer test components with a highly radioactive pulse generator, and that neither lab would test high explosives or store large amounts of nuclear material.

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