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Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
Senators amend bill to save safety board

Three amendments designed to safeguard the mission of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board were included into a draft of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday. New Mexico’s U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall authored the amendments. In a written statement they said they were concerned that the Department of Energy was trying to diminish the board’s mission to inspect and report on the activities of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other sites in its nuclear enterprise.

“These measures will address widespread concerns about the DOE’s information-sharing order, which would weaken the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s watchdog role and diminish its power to access vital information needed to conduct its safety oversight responsibilities,” Udall said. “Together, our provisions will ensure that the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has the necessary resources, support, and legal authority to carry out its essential oversight mission effectively.”

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