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Proposal to Move Nuke Labs Hits Hill and Explodes

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday that the Obama Administration is considering transferring control of the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories to the Defense Department from DOE. The newspaper reports that it obtained an internal memorandum from the White House Office of Management and Budget that calls for an analysis of the costs and benefits of such a move. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) says he’ll "fight it tooth and nail." He added in a statement: “Moving the labs from DOE to DOD … would change the fundamental mission and purpose of the labs, and would discourage exactly the kind of science that is now most needed.”