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Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

Published: June 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm ET
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Q&A: Is New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Really Safe?, Time.com, June 29, 2011:

Interview with Peter Stockton, expert on nuclear materials and a senior
investigator for the independent watchdog Project on Government
Oversight (POGO)

[...] So you do think that lab is vulnerable to this wildfire?

Potentially, yeah. I hope that nothing happens there. [...]

Should residents in the surrounding area be worried about the wildfire reacting with LANL’s drums of hazardous waste?

Los Alamos is very concerned, but TA-54 is [also] right next to the town of White Rock. We have a very good friend who lives in White Rock, and he has his RV packed, and we said get out of town because when they do a compulsory evacuation, the roads are going to be a mess. So he’s in a state park 100 miles away now, and he can see the smoke from there. [...]

Is there anything else you want to say about this situation in Los Alamos?

Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction.

Published: June 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm ET
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