April 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM CDT - Updated July 20 at 11:07 PM
Amarillo, TX -
Safety concerns are being raised regarding operations at a plant in Amarillo. Experts have recommended improving training and operating procedures after inspectors raised concerns about explosives safety at Pantex. In a letter issued to Pantex from the U.S. Department of Energy, the group cites six incidents since August of 2012 that have heightened concerns. The incidents include improperly packaging explosives in containers not meant for explosives, improper packaging of special nuclear materials and improper shipping of incompatible explosive materials.
Officials with the plant would not comment on the letter. Pantex is the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and dismantling plant, employing many of our residents in Amarillo and surrounding areas.