Berkeley, CA — University of California regents face a big decision this week: Compete for the management contract of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab or walk away from the atomic birthplace.
A committee of U-C´s governing Board of Regents will recommend whether or not to compete tomorrow and the full board will vote on that recommendation Thursday.
U-C has run the Los Alamos lab in New Mexico for the government since it was founded in 1943.
U-C also manages the Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons lab in Northern California.
The university´s performance as nuclear steward came under attack after a series of fiscal and security lapses at Los Alamos.