Announcement: Time and Place of Delivery of LANL Petition to Congressional Delegation

Where: St. Francis statute at City Hall at the corner of Lincoln and Marcy Streets, downtown Santa Fe.
When: Tuesday, March 10, at 2:00 pm.
Why: To deliver to Senators Udall and Heinrich and Representative Lujan the petition to demand that the Department of Energy (DOE) conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement followed by a NEW Site-Wide Environmental Impact Study (SWEIS) for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) before any expanded plutonium pit production and associated infrastructure projects begin.

On Thursday, Mar 5, 2020, 11:56 AM Joni Arends wrote to the congressional offices:

Good morning,
As you know, there is growing public concern about the fact that DOE/NNSA do not want to conduct a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for proposed expanded plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Savannah River Site (SRS) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Further, DOE/NNSA do not want to conduct a site-wide environmental impact statement (SWEIS) for LANL, even though many conditions have changed since the last SWEIS was completed in 2008 (Las Conchas fire, chromium and perchlorate co-located plume in the regional drinking water supply, growing knowledge of the seismic threat on the Pajarito Plateau, cuts to cleanup budget, etc.). Generally, the SWEIS process is conducted every 10 years. Numerous groups and individuals throughout Northern New Mexico have been collecting petition signatures asking for both the PEIS, followed by a LANL SWEIS, before any expanded pit production activities begin.

CCNS, Taoseños for Peaceful and Sustainable Futures, and others would like to present copies of the petitions to each of your offices. We request that you send a representative to Senator Heinrich’s office, 123 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe, on Tuesday, March 10th, at 2:30 pm to accept the petition signatures.

Please confirm that you will be able to attend. Thank you.
Best,
Joni

All three congressional offices confirmed that they will have staff at Heinrich’s office to accept the petition.

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