Los Alamos National Security is bringing in outside help to deal with the botched construction of a security upgrade at the lab.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the trade journal Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor says Los Alamos National Security has hired attorneys to help the lab pursue claims against subcontractors that did the work on the security system.
Lab Director Charlie McMillan told employees in a memo that the system was supposed to cost $213 million, but cost overruns have jacked the project up to $254 million.
The cost overruns could be paid for by money that had been earmarked for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility or the bonus that LANS receives for running the lab.
Information from: Los Alamos Monitor.
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