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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

Deborah Dupre
June 29, 2011

Las Conchas, that Associate Press calls a “viscous fire,” is being battled to keep it from the nation’s most secretive and sensitive nuclear lab that birthed atomic energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire has scorched the facility’s Tech Area 49. It burned an additional 20,000 acres in the past 24 hours, 60,000 now in a situation so serious, officials are monitoring air quality around the facility for radionuclides and particulate matter. The New Mexico Environment Department is also monitoring air for radioactive particles and tritium according to Associated Press.

The fire drove 25,000 people from their homes “as officials at a government nuclear laboratory tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive materials” reports MSNBC.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, managed and operated by Los Alamos National Security (LANS), employs about 15,000 people, covers over 36 square miles, and includes approximately 2,000 buildings at nearly four dozen sites. The lab conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing. (Wikipedia)

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