Saturday, March 25, 2006

Watchdog group sues lab under FOI

Staff and wire reports

SANTA FE - A nuclear watchdog group has gone to court to try to get 10-year site plans covering Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico wants the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to turn over information sought under the federal Freedom of Information Act - the site plans for the years 2003 through 2006.

The Santa Fe group said such plans contain important information on the direction of the federal nuclear weapons lab, but a spokesman for the federal agencies said the matter is one of national security.

Such documents typically include plans for new buildings and production of plutonium pits, the triggers for nuclear warheads, Nuclear Watch director Jay Coghlan said.


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10 year site plans?

You have to be kidding. The best they will get is building maintenance plans, and they will be wrong.

There will not be anything in a LANL site plan that deals with pit rates or grand new projects. Indeed, I would bet any such plan is nothing more than a check-box document to satisfy a requirement.

Budgets and priorities are set by Headquarters, and maybe a bit influenced by the labs. NNSA just spent the last four months "studying" what a Complex 2030 would look like and the result is a mish-mosh of incomplete vision and business as usual.

So, I say give anyone who want it the document. It is meaningless anyway.
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