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COVID-19 Slows Los Alamos Cleanup Work, WIPP Shipments; Fewer Active at EM
Concerns about the surging COVID-19 pandemic in New Mexico led the Department of Energy to reduce on-site staffing and slow certain operations at both the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, according to recent documents published by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.  At Los Alamos, operations are affected for both the National Nuclear Security Administration’s lab-management contractor, Triad National Security, and DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B). Triad’s onsite staffing is at “an absolute minimum” following Thanksgiving, according to a Nov. 27 defense board report. A lab spokesperson said only about 20% of the workforce was inside…
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