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Watchdog agency flails Energy Dept. on security at labs

A new government report that criticizes the Energy Department for lax oversight of security at its nuclear weapons plants and national labs — including the Bay Area’s Lawrence Livermore lab — prompted lawmakers Tuesday to warn the sites could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The report, released Tuesday, spurred an immediate call by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham for an overhaul of security at the labs. Abraham said the review will address a series of recent security lapses, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s failure to find two missing vials of plutonium. “The Department of Energy views security as the critical responsibility of the national laboratories, and we treat any lapse or failure as significant,” Abraham said in a statement. Full Story

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