Over 750 LANL Petition Signatures Delivered to NM Congressional Delegation

Editor’s Note:  Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) and Taoseños for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future delivered over 700 petitions to the New Mexico congressional delegation on March 10. They are demanding that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for planned plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Savannah River Site, followed by a NEW Site-Wide Environmental Impact Study (SWEIS) for LANL before any expanded plutonium pit production and associated infrastructure projects begin. In an ironic twist of fate, on the same day, March 10, the NNSA published on its website a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) on the previous 2008 Site-wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for Continued Operations of LANL, with a 45 day comment period. Advocates who signed the petition argue that an SA is not sufficient and violates a 1998 court decision that stipulates when two or more sites are involved in pit production or when the NNSA plans to produce more than 80 pits per year a Supplemental PEIS must be undertaken. Many changes have taken place at LANL since 2008: studies that indicate the potential for significant seismic activity on the Pajarito Plateau; the increased threat of forest fires, as demonstrated by the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires; the discovery of a toxic chromium plume in Los Alamos adjacent canyons; and the ruptured waste container that forced the closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for three years.

Suzie Schwartz of Taoseños for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future and Joni Arends of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety.
Ken Mayer of Santa Fe Veterans for Peace
Left to right: Michelle Jacquez-Ortiz, Senator Udall’s staff; Eric Castillo, Senator Heinrich’s staff; Jennifer Catechis, Representative Lujan’s staff.
Felina Romero of Youth United for Climate Change Action (YUCCA)
Delivery of over 700 petitions to congressional delegation representatives.

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