Lab prepares for townsite cleanup

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin a sensitive phase of its cleanup program early next year, involving non-laboratory property and areas where people live and work.While most of the work conducted under the requirements of a consent order with the state of New Mexico is on laboratory property, this phase of cleanup, known as the Upper Los Alamos Canyon Project, will include downtown residences and businesses in a 50-acre swath of the townsite.The Upper Los Alamos Canyon Project as a whole is related to some of the earliest activities at the laboratory. The characterization and remediation work that will be done is intended to bring the remaining contaminated or potentially contaminated sites in eight of the old technical areas into conformity with state and federal laws.Affected property owners have been contacted by mail and invited to attend a meeting Monday evening, according to a letter mailed by the laboratory Oct. 15.

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