.News Update 7/18/08

Three Important Public Events about LANL

July 18, 2008

Three important evening events are scheduled for the beginning of next week concerning Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The first event is a showing of the documentary "Do It For Uncle Graham" in Santa Fe. The second event is a "Listening Session," hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) in Santa Fe. The third event is the annual meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project in Pojoaque.

First, on Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Santa Fe Film Center will host a screening of "Do it For Uncle Graham," a documentary which takes the viewer on a 60-year tour through New Mexico's nuclear history. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a performance by the Navajo/Maori folk group, Indigiefemme. The Film Center is located at the Cinema Cafe, 1616 St. Michael's Drive and may be reached at 988-7414. www.just-usproductions.com.

Second, on Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the NMED and the New Mexico Community Foundation will host the first in a series of "Listening Sessions." The purpose of the Listening Session is for NMED and the Community Foundation to hear the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental concerns of residents of Northern New Mexico about LANL. NMED Secretary Ron Curry will provide opening remarks.

NMED stated, "a better understanding of the issues and priorities important to northern New Mexicans and their communities will allow [NMED] to incorporate these concerns in its decisions about how to handle potential environmental risks posed by LANL." Other sessions are being planned for Espanola and Los Alamos. The event will be held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, located at 3221 Rodeo Road. For more information, please contact Rebecca Kay at 476-6040. www.nmenv.state.nm.us.

And lastly, on Wednesday, July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque, the CDC will hold its annual meeting to update the pubic about the latest information retrieved from LANL historic records. Since 1998, the CDC has systematically reviewed all available LANL documents in order to compile information about releases of radionuclides and chemicals from the site between 1943 and the present.

CDC will provide a Project update. Peter Malmgren, originator of the "Los Alamos Revisited" oral history project, will display his photographs and make a brief presentation. A representative of the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP), which helps individuals who live, or have lived, in areas where U.S. nuclear weapons testing occurred, will make a presentation about the Program. There will be time for public input, questions, and comments. The CDC plans to work with community members to determine whether the information gathered over the past decade warrants a detailed investigation of potential public exposures from LANL operations.www.lahdra.org.

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