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Coalition returns from trip

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LANL > Officials call the Washington meetings a ‘success’

By The Staff

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities officials said they felt recent meetings in Washington, D.C. were successful ones.
A group representing the Coalition in Washington visited the Capitol to meet with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation members, House and Senate Armed Services, Appropriations and Department of Energy officials regarding clean-up issues and funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
One of the Coalition’s aims from its trip was to attempt to bump up the proposed clean-up budget for FY16. The proposal currently is $189, but members would like to see the level at $255 million.
“Recent news has been about the fines assessed on DOE by the state of New Mexico Environment Department,” said Mayor Alice Lucero of Española, chair of the Regional Coalition. “We of the Coalition support LANL and its clean-up commitments. We believe that payment of fines should not impact the funds for clean-up.”
The Coalition also met with officials from the New Mexico Environment Department and DOE officials. The Coalition said it value a good relationship and desires to resolve the fines issue.
Those interested in learning more about what was done at the Washington trip can attend the Coalition’s meeting Friday. The meeting will be from 9-11 a.m. at 1000 Central Ave.
LANL Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus will give a presentation, as will Lucero.
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of nine cities, counties and pueblos within close proximity of LANL.
Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition stated goal is to work in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.