Los Alamos Tightens Security Practices

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 03:02 PM gHale

Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico will tighten its security practices.

A top suggestion from an interdepartmental security analysis was to augment the inspections of autos entering the laboratory complex, officials said. This hike in security comes with recommendations from the Energy and Defense departments.

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“Vehicles on lab property have been subject to inspection for many years. We are appropriately expanding the areas for those random inspections,” LANL Associate Director for Safeguards and Security Michael Lansing said. “Drivers who use those lab roadways will see a visibly increased presence of the Protective Force — our uniformed security officers — conducting vehicle inspections, which will include bomb-sniffing dogs.”

All cars will be subject to the expanded car checks, which will start in March.

The laboratory employs 11,800 people who conduct nuclear weapons work and other activities at more than 2,000 separate facilities housed on 36 square miles of land.

“The external vulnerability assessment is the primary reason for these security changes,” Lansing said. “The laboratory is working hard to balance our security requirements while minimizing impacts on local businesses and tourists. The inspections will only take a few minutes, so the inconvenience will be minimal”

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