Alert! Taos County Commission Hearing on the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

On the agenda for the Tuesday, April 20 meeting of the Taos County Commission is discussion of whether to approve the revised Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC). Norteños for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future, as well as many other norteño citizens, have been lobbying for years to dismantle the RCLC, a coalition comprised of County of Los Alamos, the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, the City of Española, Rio Arriba County, the Town of Taos, Taos County and the Sovereign Government of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh and the Pueblo of Jemez. The purported purpose of the coalition is to give voice to the partner communities in urging the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to fund the desperately needed clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Instead, the RCLC has been embroiled in mismanagement controversies and has failed to clarify its mission as an advocate for clean-up, not funding to underwrite the Lab’s main mission of nuclear weapons development (the Lab is slated to become a primary producer of pits, or nuclear bomb warheads).

The revised JPA does not directly revise the coalition’s promotion of pit production; it primarily releases Los Alamos County as the fiscal sponsor. But there is movement within the coalition to deny approval of the revised JPA as a first step in withdrawing from the RCLC. As Suzie Schwartz reported in a previous La JicaritaOpen Letter” to Taos County officials, Santa Fe County recently rejected the revised JPA and will introduce a resolution to withdraw from the RCLC. Taos citizens are urging the Taos County Commission to do the same and withdraw from the coalition, which they strongly believe does not represent their best interests. They are asking people to write their county commissioners to express this opinion and attend the county commission meeting on the 20th. Commissioner emails and the meeting’s agenda are listed below. There is a public comment period early on the agenda although the RCLC discussion is scheduled much later (XVII D.).;;;;;


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  1. Thank you Kay! Today is my birthday. This is a wonderful present! It is also. My first bday without my mom…. Pretty intense morning… I know you know….🙏🕊🌎🌍🌏🕊💜💙💚💔💚🕊🐦🐦

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