Los Alamos National Laboratory lost track of two containers of hazardous waste earlier this year, requiring a weeklong search for the missing material, according to a letter made public this week. Three days after the material was discovered, the lab self-reported the error to the New Mexico Environment Department, the March 19 letter says. Misplacing hazardous waste is a violation of the lab’s hazardous waste permit from the state and the latest in a series of recent problems with materials management and worker safety. Peter Hyde, a spokesman for the lab, said in a phone call that the missing waste containers “caused some considerable resources to be devoted to finding them, and once we found them, we reported them duly” to the state agency. It was an isolated incident, Hyde said, but the lab will now conduct weekly “wall-to-wall” inspections at the waste area, in addition to the regular inspections.
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