Group threatens lawsuit against lab

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The suit will be filed later this month if the NNSA does not agree to meet requirements of the NEPA

By Garrison Wells

A Santa Fe citizen’s group is threatening to file a lawsuit to force Los Alamos National Laboratory to comply with requirements of a federal environmental act as it moves toward building a $3.4 billion annex for plutonium warhead cores.

Los Alamos Study Group in a written statement said it will file the lawsuit in federal district court later this month if the National Nuclear Safety Administration does not agree to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.  

Jennifer Wagner, NNSA spokeswoman said the NNSA does not comment on potential lawsuits.

However, she added that the agency “has initiated the process of preparing a supplemental analysis for the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility.”

“NNSA takes its commitments to environmental stewardship and the state of New Mexico very seriously,” she said.

The Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility was initially planned to replace the aging Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building at the lab.

According to the group, it would be the largest public infrastructure project in the history of New Mexico since the highway system was built.

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