SANTA FE (AP) — Amid the uncertainty of what House Speaker Ben Luján’s Stage 4 lung cancer means for him and his family, one thing is clear in Luján’s mind: His exposure to asbestos at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from the 1960s to the ‘80s is to blame for the dreaded disease.
Luján said in an interview last week that nothing else makes sense.
“I never was a smoker, and my friend Ray Ruiz also worked up there with me, and he had a similar situation,” Luján said. “Other than that, I don’t see any other reason for me to have it.”
Ruiz, a former state representative, died in 2004 of lung cancer that he said was caused by his work at LANL.