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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

4/23 & 4/26: Public Hearing in Los Alamos and Albuquerque for Los Alamos National Lab Hazardous Waste Permit

From Dave McCoy, Director, Citizen Action New Mexico:
There will be a public hearing held in both Albuquerque and Los Alamos for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste permit. The hearing will take place on Friday, April 23, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at UNM Los Alamos, Student Services Building, Lecture Hall Room 230 (Building 2), located at 4000 University, and on Monday, April 26, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Smith-Brasher Lecture Hall, SB 100, located at 717 University SE at the CNM Main Campus in Albuquerque. There will be public comment periods at both locations from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 9:00 PM. (For the evening session the Hearing Officer will stay and listen to all public comments until they are done.)

Your comment is urgently needed.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Resource Conservation and Recovery Plan (RCRA) Part B Draft Permit is required to provide protection of the public and environment from dangerous wastes at LANL. Some 21,000,000 cubic feet of hazardous, mixed hazardous and radioactive waste from nuclear weapons production have been buried at LANL legacy waste dumps across LANL mesas.

LANL wants to continue to conduct Open Burning that has released dioxins into the air. The Environment Department wants to deny that portion of the permit.

The pathway for contamination is also through the vadose zone to the regional aquifer. A second set of the waste inventory is the large uncharacterized volume of liquid wastes released from outfalls discharging into canyon settings causing surface contamination and remobilized by wind and water providing contamination to the stream bottoms for transport to the Rio Grande. A third source of contamination is in shallow soils randomly remobilized by surface run-off and wind erosion.

Seepage ponds, sometimes called evaporation ponds, were used as outfalls and overflowed directly into the canyons. The dangerous contamination at LANL buried in unlined pits and trenches and on the soil surface is provided a pathway down canyons by fires, groundwater and surface water runoff that enters municipal drinking water wells for the cities of Los Alamos and Santa Fe. LANL contamination flows into the Rio Grande River that provides drinking water to downstream New Mexico municipalities and residents.

If you don’t want to prepare testimony, you can read into the hearing record parts of the 3,700 pages of technical reports that the Environment Department kept secret from the public for ten years about Los Alamos Laboratory. The reports will be at a table.

Comments may also be made in writing to the New Mexico Environment Department at:

New Mexico Environment Department
Hazardous Waste Bureau
2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-6303

See you there! Please forward this information to others.

April 21, 2010 at 08:40 AM in Environment, Events, Land Issues, Nuclear Arms, Power, Regulation | Permalink