|published Monday, June 27, 2011 ||1062 Views :: 0 Comments|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2011
Contact: Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, 505.989.7342, c. 505.920.7118, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Fe, NM - In less than 24 hours the Las Conchas wildfire has burned 43,000 acres of forest and has raced 12 miles to the southwestern boundary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where a number of sensitive tritium facilities are located. In the year 2000 the Cerro Grande Fire took nearly two weeks to burn ~48,000 acres in the same general vicinity of the east side of the Jemez Mountains, including ~5,000 acres within LANL boundaries. At that time, the Lab and Los Alamos County underwent a hurried mandatory evacuation, with only essential personnel left behind to guard sensitive Lab facilities. Because of the emergency routine monitoring of daily radioactive emissions came to an abrupt halt, arguably precisely when they were most needed.
Ironically public comments are due by the end of Tuesday June 28 on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) - Nuclear Facility, a huge plutonium facility that will be the keystone to an expanded plutonium pit production complex at Los Alamos. The Nuclear Facility will store up to six metric tons of “special nuclear materials” (re: mostly plutonium), and will have up to 300 kilograms of plutonium in process at any given time (enough for ~50 nuclear weapons). It is generally accepted that several tens of micrograms of respirable plutonium-239 in the lung will dramatically increase the risk of lung cancer (1 kilogram = 1 billion micrograms). The primary purpose of the Nuclear Facility is to provide materials characterization of and analytical chemistry on “special nuclear materials” so that production capability can be expanded from the currently sanctioned level of 20 plutonium pits per year to 80.
|published Wednesday, February 09, 2011 ||3371 Views :: 0 Comments|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2011
Contact: Scott Kovac, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, 505.989.7342, email@example.com
Santa Fe -
A recently released report from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
sharply increases cost estimates for various remediation alternatives
for the Lab’s largest radioactive waste dump. This is revision 2 of a
Corrective Measures Evaluation (CME) conducted for Material Disposal
Area (MDA) G. This CME increases the cost estimates for all proposed
alternatives including the most expensive option, total excavation and
disposal of the wastes offsite, now estimated at over $32 billion.
The method of remediation is yet to be determined by the New Mexico
Environment Department (NMED). Public participation will be important!
NMED must approve the report, propose a preferred remedy, and start a
public comment period. The Lab wants to simply “cap and cover” the
wastes, maintain “institutional controls” (such as fences) for 100
years, and call it cleaned up. In contrast, one of the
primary contaminants at MDA G, plutonium-239 used in nuclear weapons,
remains dangerous for 100,000 years.
|published Monday, January 03, 2011 ||1119 Views :: 0 Comments|
From The Independent
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) filed litigation in the federal court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for what it alleges are numerous failures to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA requires federal agencies to respond to public requests for information within 20 days.
According to the lawsuit, in seven separate instances the DOE and NNSA failed to provide responsive, unclassified documents regarding operations at the agenciesí Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as required by law. The information that is the subject of the litigation is overdue by time periods ranging from six months to more than three years.
|published Monday, January 03, 2011 ||2739 Views :: 0 Comments|
For more information, contact
Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, Tri-Valley CAREs, (925) 443-7148
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director, Tri-Valley CAREs, (925) 443-7148
For immediate release, Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This morning, Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) filed major litigation in the federal court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for numerous failures to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which requires federal agencies to respond to public requests for information within 20 days.
2009 Fact Sheet Complex Transformation Wrong Policy, Wrong Priority, Wrong Direction |
|published Monday, February 23, 2009 ||1316 Views :: 0 Comments|
The “Complex Transformation” (formerly Complex 2030) plan ignores U.S. disarmament obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and threatens to derail diplomatic efforts to stem nuclear weapons development by other nations. It also would create serious environmental and health risks for communities downwind and downstream of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
Download 2009 Fact Sheet: Complex final5.pdf
|published Friday, November 21, 2008 ||3136 Views :: 0 Comments|
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, a network of 36 local, regional and national organizations representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear weapons sites, finds that the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Final Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) did not adequately address comments submitted during the NEPA process. During that time more than 120,000 comments were submitted, most requesting that the final records of decision be delayed until a new nuclear posture review was conducted; that the nuclear weapons complex not support the development of new or modified nuclear weapons; that the role of the Kansas City Plant be included in the SPEIS; and that the NNSA support “curatorship” of the stockpile as a reasonable programmatic alternative. All of these issues are left unresolved in the Final SPEIS.