Regional coalition approves letter

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The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities approved a letter to be sent to Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto, the newly appointed Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) in the Department of Energy (DOE), at its monthly board meeting earlier this month.
The letter was a formal request that EM release information pertaining to the Life Cycle Baseline Cost stating the start-to-finish scope of work, including funding requirement, timeline of work and risk of each site, for cleaning up the legacy waste at LANL.
The meeting was held Aug. 14 in the Santa Fe County Council Chambers.
Regional Coalition members traveled to Washington, D.C., in February to request cleanup funding for FY16 in order to conduct an operation to reach desired cleanup results at EM sites.
Following that trip, as well as other discussions with various appropriations staff members and Congressional officials, coalition members have been told that without a Life Cycle Baseline Cost they cannot properly defend their monetary requests for cleanup.
“The coalition strives to be good stewards of the lands affected by legacy and ongoing waste producing activities at LANL,” said the coalition in a statement, “but without receiving adequate information from EM and DOE officials regarding cost and timeline information for EM sites they are unable to properly advocate for cleanup funding.”
In the letter addressed to Regalbuto, the coalition asked for her help to ensure the board is “empowered in [its] advocacy for cleaning up our communities and responding to the needs of our citizens.”
Regalbuto was confirmed as DOE’s associate principal deputy assistant secretary earlier this month.
Also at the meeting, the board also received a presentation on Tech Transfer from Katie Richardson of Sen. Martin Heinrich’s office and David Pesiri of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.
Terry Wallace, the Principal Associate Director of Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, also gave board members a presentation on the future of LANL’s workforce.
The coalition will hold its next board meeting Sept. 11. It will be at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Tribal Council Chambers starting at 9 a.m.
The meeting is free and open to the public.