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Players dispute script for mock emergency

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By Roger Snodgrass

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry announced Wednesday his continued support for a specific emergency preparedness exercise set in Los  Alamos, despite recent complaints by Los Alamos National Laboratory that the scenario is “unrealistic.”A planning process going back to late 2006 has been developing a scenario that included a “radiological release to the atmosphere from an accidental detonation of un-surveyed underground explosives by excavating contractors at LANL’s Material Area B,” known as MDA B.The old dump, located on the edge of a mesa on DP Road across  from the Monitor office, has been re-fenced and prepared for a major excavation project, although there has been very little movement in the last several months.Curry sent a letter to LANL Director Michael Anastasio and Los Alamos Site Office Manager Donald Winchell Wednesday expressing “grave concerns” about current disagreements in the planning process.A spokesman for the laboratory downplayed Curry’s reaction.“We’re committed to continuing to work closely to develop an exercise that works for everyone and effectively tests everyone’s systems,” said Kevin Roark of LANL’s Communications Office Thursday, reading an approved statement.The emergency preparedness exercise is meant to test plans against actual coordinated acti


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