2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Dec 2005 20:18:56 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Idaho National Lab incidents
Groups seek more info about nuclear mishaps 

By Christopher Smith
The Associated Press
Seattle Times
December 10, 2005

BOISE, Idaho - When a propane line sprang a leak last month at a federal
nuclear-research complex in the Idaho desert, hundreds of workers were
evacuated and officials made regular announcements on the status of the
danger until the problem was fixed hours later.

But dozens of smaller, "near-miss" episodes occur each year without
public notification at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to begin producing plutonium-238
for the first time in decades and where Congress just appropriated $40
million to begin developing an experimental nuclear power reactor.

Instead, details of those minor accidents or procedural oversights are
logged in an Energy Department database, the records of which were
recently obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of
Information Act.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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