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June 29, 2011 6:49 am

Wildfire Pushes Toward Nuclear Lab

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WSJ – A large wildfire moving across northern New Mexico Tuesday had authorities watching for a potential release of radiation around the nation’s main nuclear-weapons lab in Los Alamos.

The fire, covering some 60,740 acres, was headed north toward the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nuclear-research facility that sprawls across 36 square miles and contains 2,000 buildings. The complex, where scientists working on the Manhattan Project developed the atomic bomb in World War II, has been closed since Sunday because of the blaze.

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