Fighting for clean water: Activists file suit for healthy watershed

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By Roger Snodgrass

SANTA FE – A broad array of community environmental and cultural organizations announced a civil complaint against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security in federal court Thursday.Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, Michael Jensen of Amigo Bravos said the coalition was starting a “citizen enforcement action” to remedy a history of contamination caused by the nuclear weapons laboratory that regulators failed to stop.In speeches, press releases, documents and the court complaint itself, members of the umbrella organization known as Communities for Clean Water charged the laboratory with six years of contamination that threaten downstream drinking water sources in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and beyond.Megan Anderson of the Western Environmental Law Center and legal counsel for the alliance of groups and individuals said CCW would seek civil penalties, injunctive relief, and a timelier and more responsible cleanup project at the laboratory.She said the complaint argues that the laboratory has failed to comply with clean-water quality standards, failed to conduct adequate monitoring, failed to comply with reporting requirements and failed to have adequate pollution-control measures in place.The laboratory issued a press release Thursday afternoon expressing surprise about the lawsuit.“Rather than a lawsuit, we had hoped to continue

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