In 1983, I was working on the Safety Analysis Report for the Department of Energy’s nuclear waste disposal site in southeastern New Mexico. My job was doing modeling of groundwater flow around the site, to asses the risk of contamination with nuclear material.
One day in early June my bosses’ boss (a fine gentleman from India) flew into Albuquerque, walked into my office, and said :
You guys are doing a great job, a really great job!
Please remember that if you find any problems, don’t put them in the report.
I walked out of the office immediately, and spent the summer working as a wilderness ranger in the Pecos Wilderness north of Santa Fe.
One year ago, they had a radiation leak at that facility.