Nuclear Watch of New Mexico



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In April 2003, Nuclear Watch of New Mexico (NukeWatch) was funded by the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment (MTA) Fund to conduct “Analyses of Department of Energy Environmental Management: Economic and Environmental Issues in New Mexico.”

New Mexico is home to two of the nation’s three nuclear weapons labs, the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, with annual budgets of more than $2 billion each. New Mexico also hosts the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the world’s only deep geological disposal site for radioactive transuranic wastes, which are primarily plutonium contaminated wastes resulting from nuclear weap- ons research and production. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has complex environ- mental problems caused by past contamination while its small cleanup budget is proposed to be cut. Nevertheless, LANL is generating yet more wastes as the result of its expanding nuclear weapons research, development and production programs, much of it slated for disposal at WIPP. The twin foci of NukeWatch’s project were those two Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.

This research was completed money allocated during Round 5 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.

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Nuclear Watch of New Mexico




nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons testing, environment, non-governmental organizations, United States Department of Energy, tribal governments, environmental cleanup, radioactive fallout, radioactive waste


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Santa Fe, NM

Analysis of DOE Environmental Management. Economic and Environmental Issues in New Mexico



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