Thursday, December 22, 2005

UT System loses bid for Los Alamos lab

University of California keeps nuclear weapons unit despite recent series of scandals

By MATTHEW TRESAUGUE
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

The University of Texas System lost a spirited competition for control of the nation's pre-eminent but troubled nuclear weapons laboratory Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a seven-year contract that could pay up to $79 million each year in management fees to a team led by the University of California, which has run the Los Alamos National Laboratory for six decades but recently came under fire for a series of safety and security scandals.

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