Accident Investigation into Contamination at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
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Type:  DOE OPEX

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration - DOE

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Emergency Management, Environmental Protection, Operations, Work Management/Planning

On August 25, 2012, radioactive contamination was identified on an experimental area that is part of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Operating Contractor quickly determined that the contamination had spread offsite, and response teams were immediately brought in. The responses, along with actions of the offsite response teams, stopped the spread of contamination offsite, retrieved contaminated items that could not be cleared for release, and decontaminated items where needed.

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