If you read Sandia’s own self-congratulatory web pages and Facebook page, you’ll see that it does a lot of work in a lot of different disciplines. You might even miss the fact that its primary mission is to maintain the nation’s nuclear stockpile.
Much of the work that Sandia does is potentially dangerous. The lab has numerous safety procedures and policies to mitigate the inherent dangers in much of its work. Those safety procedures exist to protect employees and, ultimately, the residents of central New Mexico.
Unfortunately, there are far too many examples of Sandia ignoring its own safety procedures and policies. And each time it does so, it endangers us all:
- An Accidental Explosion
- Ignoring Dangerous Contaminants
- Sending Employees into a Burning Building
- Almost a Deadly Catastrophe
- Putting Radioactive Materials in the Trash