DOE awards Regional Coalition $100K

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Grant: Funding will help extend education regarding cleanup efforts at lab

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office has awarded the State of New Mexico funding for the

Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities to help address environmental and other related issues at LANL that affect the Regional Coalition’s members.

Under the $100,000 grant funding, one of the key roles of the Regional Coalition will be to understand and help address the various issues regarding the cleanup and longterm management of LANL, and to provide a forum to foster discussions among DOE, the regulatory agencies, and site contractors. The Regional Coalition will work to educate and perform public outreach to DOE, Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the State on LANL environmental issues.

“We are very pleased that local elected leaders can work with DOE to help promote clean up at Los Alamos as well as realize the job creation opportunities for our constituencies related to this environmental effort,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, chair of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

“These are the type of local groups that are needed to make sure communities are fully engaged in decision making. I’m pleased to see the formation of the Regional Coalition and that we are able to offer a little help” said senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management David G. Huizenga.

In releasing the funding, NNSA’s Kevin Smith, manager of the Los Alamos Site Office stated, “We’re pleased to be able to fund this effort from our site office and work collaboratively to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. This provides just the forum we need to effectively discuss and proactively address environmental-cleanup and related issues with regional elected officials.”

The grant was awarded as a sub-grant through the New Mexico Environment Department.

David Martin, New Mexico Environment secretary added, “The Regional Coalition will help New Mexico develop strategies for meeting regional needs and is a unique forum to work with local leaders on New Mexico’s regional environmental issues. We are pleased to be able to assist in this effort.”

The Regional Coalition’s Board of Directors includes one representative from eight local government jurisdictions surrounding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, including the recently added Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover, who was instrumental in forming the Regional Coalition said, “The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has continued to press for additional funding for DOE to continue this important environmental work and to make sure that LANL related site activities protect human health and the environment. The Regional Coalition’s members are important stakeholders in this effort to assure adequate clean up funding for LANL.”