Laramie, Wy – A senior investigator at the Project on Government Oversight says a nuclear lab near the Wyoming border has fallen behind in efforts to secure against a terrorist attack. Pete Stockton says the Idaho National Laboratory is several years behind its deadline of protecting the nuclear material and plutonium stored there. Stockton is pushing for the lab to move the material to a more secure location.
"Argonne West, which is half of Idaho national laboratory has a situation where they are spending more money on security than they are on programs, protecting material they don't need. "
Meantime, the Department of Energy is working toward meeting stricter security standards at several of the nation's nuclear laboratories. But a government report released in July shows that upgrades at the lab in Idaho will not be complete until 2013. The lab is about 90 miles from Jackson.