Saturday, December 03, 2005
By ANDY LENDERMAN | The New Mexican
December 3, 2005
“We don’t think anything’s missing,” spokesman Don Ami of the National Nuclear Security Administration said. “We just think there’s a discrepancy.”
There are two different databases used to track plutonium and plutonium waste, and different rules, or reporting requirements, for each, Ami explained.
DOE set the requirements at something like 'record the mass to the nearest' tenth or hundreth of a gram while the workers are capable of measuring the mass to a finer resolution. I don't remember the actual number of decimal places that the DOE bean counters wanted but the point that was made adamantly by my friend was that the staff could do at least an order of magnitude better. The DOE guys didn't want to hear about it.
So if you have a DOE report that uses their 'rounded' numbers and an internal LANL accounting that has even one more decimal place of real information then you have a problem reconciling the records.
For what its worth (~2 cents ), that is what I was told.