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Livermore Lab Advised to Remove Plutonium

Livermore residents who fear nuclear accidents or terrorist attacks at the weapons lab down the street will be able to breathe a sigh of relief if the recommendations of a federal task force are carried out.

The report, still in draft form and dated July 13, advises protecting civilian populations by moving plutonium out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- where 1,500 pounds of the fissionable material are now stored -- and shipping it to a centralized lab elsewhere, probably in the American desert.

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