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U.S. Nuke Labs' Security Facing Review

Worries about missing keys and other security lapses at some of the nation’s top-secret nuclear weapons labs have prompted the federal agency that maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile to review locks, keys and procedures at facilities nationwide. The Energy Department’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons programs within the department, is sending a team of inspectors to launch the security review in February. The action follows NNSA initiatives last summer, after some in Congress complained about specific security breaches at several facilities. “We have completed a complexwide inventory of locks and keys. The idea now is not to go over (again) every lock and key, but to sit down and review with folks the controls that were put in place last summer,” Bryan Wilkes, an agency spokesman, said Friday. “We want to make sure security violations, whether they’re large or small, don’t happen again.” Full Story

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