Who We Are

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) is an organization focused on increasing public awareness concerning the issues posed by radioactivity and the nuclear industry.

Since our founding in 1988, CCNS has been a nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are composed of a broad base of citizens from a wide range of cultures who share a commitment to making public information about the environmental and economic impact of the production, handling, transportation and disposal of radioactive materials.

Our mailing list of more than six thousand people reflects the many people who contribute time, energy and resources to help CCNS continue its services. They receive our bi-monthly publication, the "Nuclear Reactor."

In 1996, CCNS became a membership organization.

Our purpose is threefold:

  1. To compile and disseminate information to the public regarding the safety, environmental consequences, health effects and economic impact of the production, transportation, storage and disposal of hazardous and nuclear materials.
  2. To explore alternatives to geologic disposal of nuclear waste.
  3. To pursue legal and legislative options in upholding and enhancing local, state and federal regulations and health and safety standards.

How do we do this? Our program has two main arms:

  1. Research and Archives:
    • CCNS researches and maintains current, scientifically accurate information about Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and other national and industrial projects that have to do with the production, transporation or disposal of radioactive materials.
  1. Public Affairs: Outreach and Education
    • CCNS provides timely information on developments in these issues through four main avenues:
    • This WWW site containing news bulletins as well as up-to-date links to other activism and information sites.
    • The CCNS News Update, a weekly radio news program highlighting important nuclear safety issues broadcast over 33 southwestern radio stations.
    • The Radioactive Hotline, available by telephone in the United States through an 800 number (1-800-456-8863) or in Santa Fe at (982-5611).
    • and The Nuclear Reacter, a bi-monthly publication detailing current local and worldwide nuclear issues.