The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), recently issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The CMR Building performs analytical chemistry and materials characterization that NNSA claims are critical to the nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship activities conducted at LANL. NNSA argues that a replacement CMR facility is necessary because the current CMR Building, which is more than 50-years old and heavily contaminated, cannot adequately accomodate the expanded operations that the CMR facility is expected fulfill according to the 1999 Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement for LANL.
In CCNS's review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, we found serious deficiencies in NNSA's analysis of the impacts of the CMR Building Replacement Project. We have prepared a short list of comments, to be submitted to Ms. Elizabeth Withers, Environmental Impact Statement Document Manager for NNSA, by June 30, 2003. Please take a moment to review the comments and fill in the required information fields. By clicking "Submit," you will be sending these comments in Ms. Withers. The final Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be released later this year.
It is vitally important that we communicate our concerns to DOE and NNSA about the inadequacies of the draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement overlooks three key issues:
waste generation and its subsequent storage or disposal;
the cost of constructing a new CMR facility and demolishing the existing CMR building; and
the broader implications of the facility as regards global nonproliferation.