“Nuclear safety advocates said the larger concern is the increased frequency that employees are being contaminated through mishaps or even normal workdays as the lab pushes to make pits that can detonate warheads.
‘This is not a one-off. This is a pattern,’ said Dan Hirsch, retired director of environment and nuclear policy programs at the University of California, Santa Cruz. ‘This suggests the lab does not have sufficient controls to undertake the extraordinarily hazardous, new operations of pit production. They are having repeated contamination events, which shouldn’t be occurring.'”