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Report Slams SLAC's Safety Practices

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Science  24 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5705, pp. 2169
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5705.2169

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A Department of Energy investigation into a serious electrical accident this fall at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) concludes that a routine disregard for safety regulations brought about the incident. The accident has led to the indefinite shutdown of the lab's accelerators, causing SLAC to lose ground to a Japanese laboratory engaged in the same type of research.