By JOE NEWMAN
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the big brush fire in New Mexico. Perhaps, the biggest reason is what would happen if the fire breaches the Los Alamos National Laboratory's perimeter. With more than 6 metric tons of plutonium on site, a fire at the facility could cause a monumental tragedy.
If you consider the myraid safety problems that have plagued the Los Alamos nuclear lab, we have plenty of reasons to be worried about the the lab's ability to withstand a fire. Senior sources in the Department of Energy have told POGO Senior Investigator Peter Stockton that the wildfire is beyond the lab's "design basis."
Stockton, who is featured in the NBC Nightly News clip above, also talked with Time.com this week about the fire and the lab's vulnerability. Read his Q&A.
Joe Newman is POGO's director of communications.