Udall renews push for diversified mission

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By Roger Snodgrass

New Mexico’s two national laboratories should continue to broaden their work on behalf of national priorities, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. said this morning.

Based on previous conversations with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Udall wrote a letter Monday asking him to support a future vision of the laboratories that expands their mission into additional areas of national security.

Two of the three nuclear weapons laboratories, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, are in New Mexico.

Udall said he has spoken to Chu since before he was Energy Secretary and diversification has been an important topic.

“There is absolutely no doubt that we will be able to build a stronger sustainable lab if we diversify,” Udall said.

The letter renews Udall’s calls for “diversifying and growing” the missions of the National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory’ that have been funded in recent decades primarily for their role in maintaining and certifying the nuclear stockpile.

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