Legislators want federal help at Area G

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Lab: Hall-sponsored memorial passes unanimously in House, Senate

House Memorial 33, which requests full federal funding for cleanup of Area G in Los Alamos, passed unanimously in the state House Representatives and Senate Thursday.

The memorial was introduced by Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties).

The bill states, “that Congress be requested to fully fund completion of cleanup and remediation of Area G; and … that the Department of Energy be requested to provide a status report to the radioactive and hazardous materials committee during the 2012 interim; and … that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the New Mexico congressional delegation, the Secretary of Energy (Steven Chu), the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (Charlie McMIllan) and the governor (Susana Martinez).

Council chair Sharon Stover, who was in attendance, said there was a standing ovation in both houses after the vote.

Construction has begun on a new facility that will help Los LANL accelerate the shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste stored in large boxes at Technical Area 54, Area G.

Cement trucks will
be out Saturday

Trucks headed for the 375 Box Line Facility under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory will haul concrete Saturday from the batch plant on East Jemez Road at Diamond Drive through the laboratory’s main entrance to TA-54 on Pajarito Road.

About 40 truckloads will transport the concrete to the box line facility’s construction location at Technical Area 54, Area G.

They will travel between the concrete plant and TA-54 at staggered intervals from about 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There will be no impacts to  local traffic in Los Alamos.

The facility is being built to allow workers to repackage radioactively contaminated items currently stored in boxes up to 25 feet long.

Mostly equipment stored in fiberglass-reinforced boxes, the materials must be repackaged into containers that meet shipping requirements before they can be transported to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad for permanent disposal.

Operations at the box line facility are designed to help the laboratory accelerate the shipment of transuranic waste currently stored above ground at Area G.