It all depends on how one looks at it.
Some are saying the Department of Energy is actually paying some anti-nuclear groups to raise awareness about environmental cleanup.
The anti-nuclear groups are saying they would never receive any money from DOE and they are receiving funds through grants provided by the New Mexico Community Foundation.
But here is the fact.
Through a partnership with the Department of Energy, the New Mexico Community Foundation launched the Community Involvement Fund last year.
And according to the NMCF website, the five-year agreement was intended to increase public awareness and participation in the DOE’s environmental cleanup at nuclear waste sites nationwide.
In 2011, grants totaled $797,991 with recipient organizations in the states of New Mexico, Vermont, Idaho, New York, Nevada, Georgia, Tennessee, California, Maryland and Washington.
Taking advantage of the grants was a variety of anti-nuclear groups in this state.
They include the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Santa Fe, Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping in Albuquerque and the Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque. Partnering with SRIC are the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Watch New Mexico in Santa Fe.