SF committee mulls halt to plutonium program

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City resolution would rescind state consent agreement for waste cleanup, halt LANL’s plutonium pit program

By Tris DeRoma

The City of Santa Fe Finance Committee considered a resolution Monday night that, if implemented, could seriously impact the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s growing plutonium pit manufacturing program.

The city is looking to change an order of consent agreement between the state and the lab that governs legacy waste cleanup.

The committee is seeking to rescind the consent agreement, finalized in 2016, and halt the lab’s pit manufacturing program until safety and cleanup issues are resolved.

The resolution requests that the Department of Energy improve surface and groundwater monitoring and reconsider the plutonium pit production mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The resolution was presented at the city finance committee’s Monday meeting. City councilors Renee D. Villarreal and Joseph Maestas introduced the resolution. Villarreal could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

After brief consideration Monday, the resolution was postponed for a later date, according to Finance Committee Chairman Carmichael Dominguez.

“The sponsor has agreed to work with the rest of the committee to work on some language improvements,” Dominguez said.

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