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July 22, 2019

Unusual Occurences at LLNL

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2019 12:00 am

I recently joined Tri-Valley CAREs as a legal intern. CAREs is a nonprofit watchdog organization that has monitored the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for over 30 years. Already I have learned things about LLNL that concern me as a resident of this community. I reviewed LLNL’s 34 Unusual Occurrence Reports that were generated in 2018, and the following three were particularly serious.

In May 2018, there was an issue with the ventilation system in Building 132, which was causing fumes to be taken into the ventilation system only to be filtered back into the same building. This recirculation of harmful fumes had persisted for “some time” with various workers complaining of a strong chemical odor. However, it was not addressed, and there is no indication as to whether worker exposure was evaluated.

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