Audit Released: Major US Nuclear Lab at Risk

Audit Released: Major US Nuclear Lab at Risk

(RepublicanDaily.org) – Last year’s devastating wildfire season gave us all pause for thought. With lives lost and millions of acres burned across several states, it was a moving reminder of the awesome power of nature. As a result, it’s important for government facilities conducting sensitive and dangerous operations to take every available precaution to shield themselves from the dangers of fire.

On Monday, February 1, the Department of Energy published an audit on the wildfire safety system at Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) in New Mexico, a nuclear lab. The report found the complex, which contains 13 nuclear facilities, had failed to follow recommended practices that would help lower wildfire risks. These include tree thinning, recording of planning and preparedness activities, and maintenance of fire roads.

AP News reports that Los Alamos’ operations have been interrupted by wildfires on several occasions over the last two decades, costing millions of dollars. According to a statement from a Lab spokesman, LANL is currently working to reduce wildfire risks at its facility.

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