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Richardson Puts Laser Project on Short Leash

Science  31 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5462, pp. 2389-2390
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5462.2389a

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The Department of Energy is tightening its oversight of the world's largest laser project, which is years behind schedule and at least $300 million over budget. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson last week announced a series of steps, including the appointment of a new project leader, designed to put the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California back on track.