National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)/Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Director Juan Griego updated council on preparations for the conveyance of Rendija Canyon property to Los Alamos County.
The 884-acre parcel is scheduled for conveyance April 15, 2013. The “Poor Man’s” Shooting Range could delay the transfer.
A 4-acre area of the canyon has been used as an illegal shooting range. Trash dumping is also a problem, with everything from computers to an abandoned truck deposited on the site. There is a possibility of significant environmental damage, including lead leached from used bullet casings.
Attempts to restrict the site have been unsuccessful. Fences and gates are continually vandalized.