Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Plutonium missing from Los Alamos

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Some 661 pounds of plutonium is unaccounted for and may be missing from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, an activist group says.

There is no evidence the plutonium -- enough to make dozens of nuclear bombs -- was stolen or diverted, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research said.

The Takoma Park, Md., institute said its report used documents from 1996 to 2004 to reach its conclusions, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"The University (of California) obviously has a responsibility in this," said report co-author Arjun Makhijani. "It should be a grave embarrassment for the university to be sitting on numbers like this and discrepancies like this, and not have resolved them."


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I found my self wondering as I read the news article: is losing track of 621 lbs of plutonium something that commonly occurs in the plutonium processing industry? I'm curious how one gets into the position of having that much SNM unaccounted for. Especially that particular SNM.
I find myself wondering if this "activist group" didn't just make up the story.
I see that some of our Savannah River brethren are reading the blog as I write this. Let's ask them how much Pu they can't account for.
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