Monday, May 01, 2006

Los Alamos Nuclear Whistle-Blower Is Reassigned

He will oversee safety training nationally. He says he is being muffled and the lab will suffer.
By Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
May 1, 2006

A top official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory who has long raised concerns about nuclear safety practices there has been reassigned effective today, a move he sees as an effort to silence his criticisms.

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration reassigned the safety official, Christopher M. Steele, to a job overseeing safety training at research and production facilities across the nation.

Energy officials have described the reassignment as recognition of Steele's expertise and as an important step in upgrading its training program, but Steele has protested the action and said the transfer would further jeopardize safety at the New Mexico lab.

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