Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Los Alamos contract decision expected today

By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican |
December 21, 2005

The new management team for Los Alamos National Laboratory will be announced today, ending more than two years of speculation for thousands of workers employed by the nuclear facility.

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman has scheduled a news conference for noon today, and lab officials planned to broadcast it to employees internally. (FreeNewMexican.com will cover the news conference live.) Lab Director Robert Kuckuck has scheduled an employee meeting for 3 p.m., spokesman Kevin Roark said.

The announcement will mark a new chapter for the lab, which has been managed by the University of California since World War II. Now the university and its private partner , Bechtel National, are competing for the job with a team that includes the University of Texas and Lockheed Martin Corp.

The head of the Los Alamos Realtors Association said town residents are split about predicting who will get the contract.

“People are very excited that it’s finally going to be announced,” Realtor Tracy Langford said. “Our community needs for this decision to be made so we can move forward.”

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