Three Important Public Meetings about LANL Contaminants Impacting Our Health

December 3, 2010


ChemRisk, a San Francisco based limited liability corporation, will host three public meetings in New Mexico beginning on Tuesday, December 7th about the health impacts resulting from historic Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) radioactive, toxic and hazardous contaminant releases.

The first meeting is hosted for the Buckman Direct Diversion Project Board about the reports of the Independent Peer Review Team. ChemRisk and AMEC Earth and Environment, based in Socorro, New Mexico, prepared the reports. They will present the reports and provide responses to the comments that have been received. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 6 to 8 pm in downtown Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. If you are concerned about your drinking water, please attend. More information is available at www.bddproject.org and www.chemrisk.com . Please also see attached Green Fire Times article entitled "ChemRisk Says Ro Water From Buckman Project is Safe: Community NGOs Question Their Findings."

The second and third public meetings are for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency, about the final report of the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment (LAHDRA) Project in Espanola and Tularosa.

The Espanola meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8 from 5 to 7 pm in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the Santa Claran Hotel, located at 464 North Riverside Drive.

The Tularosa meeting will be held on Thursday, December 9 from 5 to 7 at the Tularosa Community Center, located at 1050 Bookout Road.

These meetings will allow the CDC to present to the Department of Energy its recommendations for the next steps for the Project. These steps could include finalizing the report and stop all work or proceed to some form of a more detailed dose reconstruction for the releases and locations that were identified in the report.

The LAHDRA Project began in earnest in 1999 with the review of LANL documentation of historic releases of contaminants through the air, water and soil that impact the people living in the communities surrounding LANL and the 1945 Trinity Test Site. During the succeeding decade, ChemRisk and its contractors reviewed documents and microfiches found in centralized document collections and conducted interviews with current and former LANL workers. Astonishingly, they documented airborne releases of plutonium between 1948 and 1955 from twelve industrial stacks at LANL that exceeded the routine releases for all of the combined operations at the Hanford, Rocky Flats, and the Savannah River Sites.

For more information on the LAHDRA Project and the final public meetings, please contact Matthew Le at ChemRisk, toll free at 1-888-ChemRisk ext. 3206, or Phil Green at CDC at 1-770-488-3748. Details and the final report are available at www.lahdra.org.






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