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Remediation > Delegation in Washington believe that joint efforts are paying off

By Arin McKenna

 

Local representatives of a 13-member delegation of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities who traveled to Washington, D.C. two weeks ago believe their efforts to secure more cleanup funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory are paying off. 

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, councilor Steve Girrens, who serves as the county’s alternate member on the coalition, and Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt represented Los Alamos County on the trip. 

“I really want to reiterate how great it was to have this bipartisan, diverse group go and speak in support of LANL,” Garcia Richard said. “This group has really been trying to work on securing funding for the 3706 cleanup. 

“With so much uncertainty happening on the federal level, we went on the trip with the intention of making sure that this cleanup project and just the lab in general are at the foremost in people’s minds, especially the congressional delegation.”

The “3706 cleanup” refers to the 3,706 cubic meters of legacy waste slated for removal by June 30, 2014 in an agreement negotiated between the lab and the New Mexico Environment Department in 2012.

“They see a lot more of the LANL communities than they do other sites, and I believe it’s working,” Bosshardt said.


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