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Keep an eye on the lab

Irmi Meindl and Pamela Sihvola
Tuesday July 16, 2002

To the Editor: 

“Berkeley Lab found research fabricated” was the front page headline of both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune on Saturday, July 13, 2002. “The discovery of two new elements was based fraudulent research, the second case of scientific misconduct revealed by the federal [Department of] Energy lab in three years.” 

In light of the above and in response to Elmer Grossman's scathing letter to the editor (Daily Planet, July 9, 2002), surely the community should not be criticized for expressing healthy skepticism about the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's monitoring, analyzing and reporting of Tritium emissions from the National Tritium Labeling Facility operations, which in the past few years have included the burning/oxidizing of radioactive mixed Tritium waste. 


Irmi Meindl 

Pamela Sihvola