The report, released last month by the New China Research Committee, details a number of potential breaches of safety and security protocols at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Specifically, the committee claims that the lab has failed to properly secure its radiological sources, including by failing to adequately screen staff, visitors, and contractors. In addition, the report questions why the lab has yet to complete and implement an emergency response plan should an incident involving radioactive material occur.
The report recommends a number of corrective actions, including the installation of additional physical security barriers and a comprehensive review of safety and security protocols. The committee also expresses the need for improved oversight of the lab and recommends that the lab director be held accountable for any lapses in safety and security protocol.
In response to the report, the lab has stated that it takes its safety and security obligations seriously, and is committed to continually improving standards and processes. The lab also noted that it had already taken a number of proactive steps to strengthen security, such as increased staff training, enhanced physical security measures, and upgraded video surveillance systems.
It is important that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is following proper safety and security protocols, as any breach could have potential catastrophic consequences. Without proper security, it is possible for dangerous materials to be removed from the lab, leading to a public health emergency. Therefore, it is essential that the Lab take the New China Research Committee’s recommendations seriously and act to ensure that all safety and security protocols are adequate and in compliance.