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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

 

Mishap in dismantling nuclear warhead

`A watchdog group charges a nuclear warhead nearly exploded in Texas when it was being dismantled at the government’s Pantex facility near Amarillo.

The Project on Government Oversight says it has been told by knowledgeable experts that the warhead nearly detonated in 2005 because an unsafe amount of pressure was applied while it was being disassembled, The Austin American-Statesman reports.

The U.S. Energy Department fined the plant’s operators $110,000 last month. [..]

The watchdog group says the problem was caused in part by technicians at the plant being required to work up to 72 hours each week.’




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