|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:14:24 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, BERYLLIUM: Livermore Labs (CA) fined|
Nuclear lab fined over worker protectionsThe Energy Department cites deficiencies in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's efforts to prevent exposure to toxic beryllium.
By Ralph Vartabedian Los Angeles Times November 10, 2010The Energy Department said Tuesday it had fined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's two nuclear weapons design centers, $200,000 for deficiencies in its program to protect workers from exposure to toxic beryllium dust.
A consent order issued by the Energy Department's Office of Health, Safety and Security outlined a series of breakdowns at the lab, including failure to adequately control worker exposure, perform hazard assessments in buildings, measure the amount of beryllium in work areas and effectively train employees who work with the metal.
The violations occurred as recently as February, when "a machinist unknowingly performed machining on a classified beryllium part that resulted in likely exposure," according to a consent decree issued in October.
... For the entire article, see http://latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-livermore-20101110,0,7035470.s tory (Note that the link wraps.) -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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