Thursday, October 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Lawrence Livermore lab faces closure under shutdown

By
From page A3 | October 13, 2013 |

By Carolyn Lochhead

WASHINGTON — Two national laboratories in the Bay Area will close Oct. 21 if the partial government shutdown continues, resulting in the furloughs of more than 7,000 employees, members of Congress said Friday.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, founded by the University of California, is the largest, with 6,500 workers. Roughly 1,000 more work at the Livermore campus of the Sandia National Laboratories.

Both sites test nuclear arms and maintain the nation’s weapon stockpiles. They also conduct research in alternative energy.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, whose district includes Lawrence Livermore and Sandia, said the labs have been operating on funds from existing contracts that will run out in a week if the partial shutdown drags on.

The two nuclear labs “were told Oct. 21 is the last day they can use what they received from their government contract service agreements,” Swalwell said.

A spokesman for the Lawrence Livermore lab directed questions to the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, which seeks preparations for an “orderly” shutdown. Officials at the agency could not be reached.

The Bay Area is also home to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which employs 4,200 scientists, engineers and support staff, conducting scientific research across many disciplines. A spokesman there said the lab has no plans to shut down Oct. 21.

In Menlo Park, the Slac National Accelerator Laboratory employs more than 1,500 scientists and engineers conducting advanced scientific research. The lab intends to stay open beyond Oct. 21, a spokesman said.

All four Bay Area labs are owned by the government but operated by contractors, usually a consortium of universities and private companies. As a result, they’ve been able so far to avoid laying off employees, unlike government agencies that have furloughed 800,000 workers.

The federal government largely closed Oct. 1 when House Republicans refused to pass funding legislation unless it included provisions to dismantle or delay the Affordable Care Act. Negotiations continued Friday between the White House and House and Senate Republicans on a possible path forward.

The House has unanimously passed legislation to pay furloughed government workers. Although the Senate has not taken up the bill, the approval by House Republicans all but guarantees federal workers will eventually be paid for the two weeks and counting that they have been furloughed.

As contractors, however, workers at national laboratories would have no such guarantee. No legislation has been approved that covers contractors.

Swalwell said the Department of Energy, which runs the contracts for the labs, has authority to pay the workers once the labs reopen without requiring a separate act of Congress.

Swalwell drafted a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking that the department work with the labs to provide back pay to anyone furloughed. He has signatures from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock; and several Bay Area Democrats including Reps. Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, Barbara Lee of Oakland and Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto. All have labs in their districts.

The four Bay Area labs are among seven nationwide that together employ about 30,000 workers, many of them research scientists and engineers. The others are the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

— Reach Carolyn Lochhead at  clochhead@sfchronicle.com

Comments

comments

San Francisco Chronicle

.

News

 
Pioneer students meet K-9 Officer Dexter

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Versatile cycling contributor Casale Jr. heads to Hall of Fame

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Davis Innovation Center application gives city options

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Canada stunned by attacks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Police warn of IRS phone scam

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Huge gold nugget going up for sale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Leading indicators up 0.8%

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
High-flying fun at University Airport

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Mercer Clinic benefits from pooch costume pics

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Day of the Dead observance focuses on refugee children

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Parents’ Night Out on Friday at Pole Line Baptist

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Military Families seek help to send Hugs from Home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Arboretum plant sale is Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
DPNS has play group, preschool openings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

UCD Vet Med hosts animal ‘adoptathon’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Check out classic cars once again

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Fly-casting champion will speak to fishing enthusiasts

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Flea Market planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Carlton invites community to its Haunted Harvest

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

 
Day of the Dead folk art class set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

A nose for mysteries: ‘Cadaver dog’ work more accepted by cops, courts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Cooperatives meet community needs

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Co-op trivia

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Author visits Woodland for community book project

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Our view: Two more years for Garamendi

By Our View | From Page: B4

 
We support Archer, Adams

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

 
A force for good on board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Two are especially qualified

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
We have confidence in Madhavi

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

I support John Garamendi

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Knowledgeable, experienced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

A leader our schools deserve

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
We need Sunder on board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

.

Sports

Giants loss evens World Series at 1-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men beat Cal Poly, 1-0; alone at the top

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Blue Devils look for first home victory

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1

 
Picture-perfect: DHS field hockey finishes 14-0

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis tennis team takes title

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil soccer loss sets up important final week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Youth roundup: Hurricanes handle American River twice in one day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

JV/frosh roundup: DHS underclassmen shine in water polo events

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Features

What’s happening

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

 
Hand sanitizer versus soap and water

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

Girl Scouts join effort to keep kids healthy

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Name Droppers: Foster parent heads to First 5

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

.

Arts

 
If it can go wrong it will go wrong

By Michael Lewis | From Page: A10

 
San Francisco Symphony visits with conductor/pianist Zacharias

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A10 | Gallery

The Rhythm Future Quartet plays at Village Homes Community Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
All are welcome at Fun Time Follies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘Under the Covers’ concert benefits KDRT

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Jam with folk musicians on Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals host singing workshop

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals plan traditional English winter celebration

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

DMTC plans Halloween karaoke fundraiser

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Dorothy Foytik

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Mariana Brumbaugh Henwood

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, October 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B10