Lab provides update on permit request

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LANL: The public comment deadline on the open detonation permit is Sept. 19

By The Staff

The Los Alamos National Laboratory wants to remove the interim tag from two sites where it houses open detonation units. And in its permit modification request to the New Mexico Environment Department, the lab also wants to close two of its sites.

At Fuller Lodge Tuesday night, lab experts conducted a public meeting, which is a requirement of the permit modification request.

The public can submit comments to NMED until Sept. 19. After that, NMED will review the permit application and respond to public comments before issuing a final decision.

The lab needs the permit modification to fulfill some of its national security missions including:
• Training troops to detect, investigate, and defeat Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
• Detecting explosives at airports
• Stress, impact, and heat testing of aging, conventional explosives used in nuclear weapons
• Developing safer, “shock insensitive” explosives.
The two sites that they want to make permanent include Point 6, located at TA-39 in Ancho Canyon and the Minie Site, located at TA-36 on the mesa top between Pajarito and Water Canyons.
With the detonations come high-explosive wastes.
The waste comes in various shapes and sizes and high explosives can be granules or plastic-like chunks and various pieces.

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