Citizens get a crash course in history

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Meetings to discuss the history of environmental releases by the lab will be held Thursday

By Roger Snodgrass

The environmental uncertainties and risks related to the historic operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory is a subject that does not go away.

Citizens of Northern New Mexico who would like a crash course in the history of environmental releases from the lab might want to clear their calendars for Thursday.

What is known and what remains to be known will be the subject of a community-oriented event, continuing and wrapping up a conversation that has gone on for many years.

The Centers for Disease Control, which has sponsored the decade-long Los Alamos Historic Document Retrieval and Assessment (LAHDRA) project, will join the LAHDRA team to host a public meeting with a series of café-style discussions.

The event takes place from

9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Ohkay Casino Hotel Conference Center, just north of Española.

Tom Widner, the principal investigator for the project said this week that a number of people had asked for another opportunity to understand the final report, which is now circulating in draft form.

“A lot of people thought the report was too technical,” he said. “So what we’re going to do is present a relatively brief summary of the key findings and some of the key elements we have received since our last meeting.”

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