los alamos: nuke violations & classified info breaches

los alamos: nuke violations & classified info breachesfrom danger room: There have been so many security and safety meltdowns at Los Alamos over the last five years, it’s hard to keep ’em all straight (well, at least the ones that don’t involved meth labs). But now, the investigators at the Government Accountability Office have put a half-decade of scandals into a single document. John Fleck runs down the tally:

  • Fifty-seven security incidents “involving the compromise or potential compromise of classified information”
  • Nineteen violations of rules meant to protect against nuclear accidents;
  • Shoddy accounting for nuclear materials; and
  • Management problems that delayed and drove up the cost of two major nuclear research machines.

“Some of the problems have been reported before,” Fleck adds. “But many of the revelations, including the nuclear safety violations, are new.”