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Public Comment Opportunities about LANL’s “Final Remedy” for the Hexavalent Chromium Plume

In an utterly confusing move, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) released an environmental assessment for public review and comment that claims it contains the final remedy for the cleanup of the hexavalent chromium plume in the regional drinking water aquifer.  CCNS says it is confusing because a final remedy cannot be proposed before a full determination is made of the lateral and vertical nature and extent of the contamination in the plume.  It is premature for LANL to ask the public to provide comments on a proposed “final” remedy because LANL does not know the nature and extent of the contamination.

LANL claims it prepared the draft environmental assessment to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from a combination of treatment options.  From there, LANL “would use adaptive site management (ASM) to select, implement, and manage removal of hexavalent chromium from source areas and the groundwater.”  But, again, such a statement is premature because LANL does not know the nature and extent of the contamination in the regional drinking water aquifer.

Nevertheless, LANL released an over 200-page, two-volume draft environmental assessment for public review and comment.  Public comments must be received by Monday, February 12, 2024.

LANL offers four “final” remedy options.

In the first option, LANL would install up to 15 new injection wells, 15 new extraction wells and 15 new groundwater monitoring wells into the 1,000 foot deep regional drinking water aquifer and extract and inject treated waters, up to 550,000,000 gallons per year, back into the aquifer.

The second option facilitates mass removal of the hexavalent chromium with land application of the treated waters.  There are ongoing concerns about where the land application would take place.

The third option is mass removal through in-situ treatment to supplement treatment of contaminated groundwater.

The fourth option is monitored natural attenuation that relies on natural physical, chemical or biological processes to reduce contamination over time.  This option may result in the drinking water aquifer never being cleaned up.

Be sure to bring your questions to the LANL in-person and virtual public meetings the week of January 22nd.

On Monday, January 22nd, LANL will host an in-person meeting at the Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino Ballroom, at 10 Cities of Gold Road, in Pojoaque, from 6 to 8 pm Mountain Time.

On Wednesday, January 24th, LANL will host a virtual meeting from 1 to 3 pm Mountain Time.

Connection details are available at nuclearactive.org.


  1. Your financial support makes a difference!  Please help CCNS with a New Year tax-deductible contribution or a monthly sustaining donation.  Mail your check to CCNS, P. O. Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594-1147, or use our e-contribution form on the right side of our home page at http://nuclearactive.org/ Your contribution keeps you informed through our weekly Update broadcast and social media postings.  Stay informed with the CCNS Media Network!  Many thanks!

 

 

  1. Friday, January 5, 2024 from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. Tuesday, January 9thSanta Fe Board of County Commissioners will consider sending a letter to LANL asking for an extension of time to submit comments. Please ask your Commissioner to support the letter.  https://www.santafecountynm.gov/committees/board-of-county-commissioners-bcc

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 10th City of Santa Fe Council will consider the amended resolution opposing plutonium pit production at LANL to include concerns about the proposed Electric Power Capacity Upgrade, EPCU, Project at its first meeting of 2024. Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.   https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

 

 

  1. NEW DATE: Holloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial rescheduled to Thursday, January 11th in Otero County, NM.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group      http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/     https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. A sample public comment letter you can use to ask for an extension of time is available at http://nuclearactive.org/ .   The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 
 

Caja del Rio Coalition Requests a 60-Day Extension of Time to Comment about Proposed LANL Electrical Line

On December 19th, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) released a draft environmental assessment that would allow the installation and operation of a 14-mile, 115 kiloVolt overhead electrical line basically in parallel to the two electrical lines that already cross the Caja del Rio Plateau and the Rio Grande to the Pajarito Plateau, where LANL is located.  It is named the Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade, or EPCU Project. A thirty-day public comment period was announced, ending on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024.  https://www.energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project

The Caja del Rio Coalition submitted a request for an extension of the public comment period for sixty days, or until March 17, 2024.  https://cajadelrio.org/

They stated:

“The public has shown significant interest in the EPCU Project, which has the potential to adversely impact ecological and cultural resources on the Caja del Rio plateau.  An extension is needed to accommodate the fact that the current comment period falls across numerous federal and major holidays, including but not limited to Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The comment period also overlaps with multiple Pueblo feast days and events, and will occur during a major shift in Pueblo leadership.  Given the significance of this project and the fact that many Pueblos will have new incoming leadership, it is important that adequate time be given to engage in meaningful Tribal consultation.”

The letter continues:  “A time extension is needed to ensure that people and communities are not forced to choose between practicing their religious and traditional customs and their ability to meaningfully participate in the public process for the EPCU Project.”  231219 Caja del Rio Request for Extension EPCU

As of this writing, the Coalition has not received a response from LANL.  https://www.nwf.org/Latest-News/Press-Releases/2023/12-19-23-Transmission-Line-Threatens-Wildlife-Cultural-Sites, https://cajadelrio.org/lanlextension/

However, on December 20th, Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, and Congresswomen Teresa Leger Fernández and Melanie Stansbury, wrote to Dr. Jill Hruby, the National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator, supporting the request for an extension of time to March 17, 2024 to provide informed and meaningful comments about the EPCU. 2023.12.20 Letter to NNSA re Caja del Rio Transmission Line

the The Caja Coalition is “a diverse group of individuals, organizations, elected leaders, Pueblo leaders, spiritual leaders, conservationists, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and more who all share one thing in common:  a commitment to preserving the beauty, history, water and wildlife of the Caja del Rio.”

The Coalition pointed to other issues in their letter, including:

“A time extension is also needed to allow interested organizations, sovereign governments, communities, and individuals to better consider the implications of the proposal. The EPCU Project implicates a web of complex issues demanding considerable scrutiny, including but not limited to the following proposals:

  • “to amend the Santa Fe National Forest Land Management Plan, which was recently approved in August 2022 after a long and arduous public process; and
  • “for the Bureau of Land Management to grant a right-of-way for this project.”

  1. Your financial support makes a difference! Please help CCNS with an end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution or a monthly sustaining donation.  Mail your check to CCNS, P. O. Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594-1147, or use our e-contribution form on the right side of our home page at http://nuclearactive.org/ Your contribution keeps you informed through our weekly Update broadcast and social media postings.  Stay informed with the CCNS Media Network!  Many thanks!

 

 

  1. Friday, December 29th from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 3rd, the City of Santa Fe’s Quality of Life Committee will consider amendments to the proposed resolution opposing plutonium pit production at LANL. Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.  https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. Tuesday, January 9th Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners will consider sending a letter to LANL asking for an extension of time to submit comments. Please ask your Commissioner to support the letter.  https://www.santafecountynm.gov/committees/board-of-county-commissioners-bcc

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 10th City of Santa Fe Council will consider the amended resolution opposing plutonium pit production at LANL to include concerns about the proposed Electric Power Capacity Upgrade, EPCU, Project at its first meeting of 2024. Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.   https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

 

 

  1. NEW DATE: Holloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial rescheduled to Thursday, January 11th in Otero County, NM.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group    http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/     https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 –Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. Sample public comments for you to use at http://nuclearactive.org/  The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 

 

 

Request an Extension of Time to Comment about Proposed LANL Electrical Line Across Caja del Rio and Rio Grande

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a habit of releasing environmental documents requiring public comment during the winter holiday season. That habit continued this winter with not one, but two draft environmental assessments (EA).  One involves the hexavalent chromium plume in Mortandad Canyon.  The second, and the topic of this Update, is the proposed Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project where an approximately 14-mile, 115 kiloVolt overhead electrical line would be added to the two that already cross the Caja del Rio and the Rio Grande to the Pajarito Plateau, where LANL is located.  https://www.energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project

LANL claims now it needs the additional power line to run its supercomputers.

But a September 2021 post in the Los Alamos Reporter by Ted Wyka, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Manager of the Los Alamos Field Office, Wyka had an expanded list.  The uses included “state-of-the-air science experiments, innovation, and training in accelerator and neutron science, medical isotope production and research, and next-generation computing…”  https://losalamosreporter.com/2021/09/27/lanl-power-upgrade-would-provide-lab-los-alamos-county-with-reliable-and-redundant-electrical-power/

CCNS asks, “What has changed requiring LANL to limit the use of the electricity to the supercomputers?”  The draft EA doesn’t let the public know.

Two and half years ago, over 650 public comments were submitted about the proposed scope of the draft EA.  Since that time, public concerns about the care and preservation of the 106,000-acre Caja del Rio have grown.  For more information, please visit the beautiful website at https://cajadelrio.org/

As the proposed project would cross Santa Fe National Forest lands, LANL is requesting amendments to the 2022 Land Management Plan.  The request includes a Special Use Permit to establish a utility corridor specific to the proposed transmission line across National Forest lands.

CCNS has prepared a sample public comment letter you can use to modify and submit to LANL.  Comments are currently due to LANL by January 17, 2024.  231220 draft EPCU comments

There will be other opportunities for public comments in early January.

On Tuesday, January 9th, the Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners will consider sending a letter to LANL asking for an extension of time to submit comments.  Please ask your Commissioner to support the letter.  https://www.santafecountynm.gov/committees/board-of-county-commissioners-bcc

Santa Fe’s City Council is considering a resolution opposing expanded plutonium pit production at LANL with friendly amendments to address concerns about the proposed electrical power capacity upgrade project.

On Wednesday, January 3rd, Santa Fe’s Quality of Life Committee will consider amendments to the resolution.  Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.  https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

On Wednesday, January 10th, the Santa Fe City Council will consider the amended resolution at its first meeting of 2024.  Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.   https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal


  1. Your financial support makes a difference!  Please help CCNS with an end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution or a monthly sustaining donation.  Mail your check to CCNS, P. O. Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594-1147, or use our e-contribution form on the right side of our home page at http://nuclearactive.org/ Your contribution keeps you informed through our weekly Update broadcast and social media postings.  Stay informed with the CCNS Media Network!  Many thanks!

 

 

  1. Friday, December 22nd from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 3rd, the City of Santa Fe’s Quality of Life Committee will consider amendments to the proposed resolution opposing plutonium pit production at LANL. Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.  https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. Tuesday, January 9thSanta Fe Board of County Commissioners will consider sending a letter to LANL asking for an extension of time to submit comments. Please ask your Commissioner to support the letter.  https://www.santafecountynm.gov/committees/board-of-county-commissioners-bcc

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 10th City of Santa Fe Council will consider the amended resolution opposing plutonium pit production at LANL to include concerns about the proposed Electric Power Capacity Upgrade, EPCU, Project at its first meeting of 2024. Ask your councilors to support the amendments to include the EPCU Project concerns.   https://santafe.primegov.com/public/portal

 

 

  1. NEW DATE: Holloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial rescheduled to Thursday, January 11th in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/   https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. Sample public comments for you to use at http://nuclearactive.org/   The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 
 

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board Hearing Last Week

An on-going David versus Goliath fight occurred last week during a public hearing before the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board, a board charged to prevent or abate air pollution.  On the first day of the hearing in the evening of December 4th, the Albuquerque City Council challenging the very existence of the Board and voted to disband it.  As the hearing continued on Tuesday, December 5th, during the public comment period, City Councilor Dan Lewis attended the hearing to enforce the City’s action to dissolve the Board with a Cease and Desist Order.  After some heated words, Councilor Lewis left.  The hearing continued despite the uncertainties that hung over the proceedings.  https://www.cabq.gov/airquality/air-quality-control-board

After decades of working to stop polluting facilities from releasing pollutants into the air and from citing new facilities in already overburdened communities, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Environmental Health Division (EHD) suggested the communities bring forward a draft ordinance, a job the EHD normally does.

Elaine Cimino, of Common Ground Rising, a community based participatory research organization, is a pro se party to the hearing.  https://commongroundrising.org/

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center and their clients drafted a Health Environment and Equity Impact (HEEI) Ordinance, which was presented in July 2023.  The clients’ communities are the Mountain View Neighborhood Association, the Mountain View Community Action https://www.facebook.com/MountainViewCoalition/ , and the Friends of Valle de Oro https://friendsofvalledeoro.org/.  The University of New Mexico Law Clinic, under the direction of Gabe Pacyniak, https://lawschool.unm.edu/clinic/index.html , https://lawschool.unm.edu/faculty/pacyniak/index.html  represents the individuals Sofia Martinez and Manuel Criollo.

The proposed HEEI ordinance was opposed by various “polluters,” which comprise asphalt plants, the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, business entities, concrete plants, contractors, mining operations, refining terminals, Kirtland Air Force Base, National Nuclear Security Administration, the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a contractor to Sandia National Laboratory.

The Board held a six-day hearing on the proposed HEEI Ordinance.  In the end, a limited rule was approved in the final hours.  The public will not know the full extent of its limitations until the official final rule is released.  https://www.cabq.gov/airquality/air-quality-control-board/public-notices-and-comment-opportunities

Did you know how harmful air pollutants are to health?  Common Ground Rising has been combatting air pollution in the Albuquerque area by working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, to obtain access to pollution monitoring results gathered by satellites.  Please see Ms Cimino’s December 1, 2023 Closing Statement here.  231201 Elaine Cimino Closing Stmt HEEI Hrg.-3

From the limited data analyzed so far, the NASA researchers estimate that in 2019 there were 50 premature deaths attributable to long-term exposure to PM 2.5, or particulate matter 2.5; and 70 premature deaths due to exposure to ozone; and 1,040 new cases of pediatric asthma due to exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  Please see the “Public Policy Statement from the [NASA] Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) Satellite Data for Environmental Justice,” pp. 3 – 5 of Ms Cimino’s Closing Statement HEEI Hrg-3.pdf.  231201 Elaine Cimino Closing Stmt HEEI Hrg.-3

See also, the demonstration map where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) satellite data was integrated into the map of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. “Inclusion of NO2 data is not only essential but also represents a significant step towards achieving [the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Geographic Information System (EJ GIS) Tool].  Our primary concern is that without the utilization of NO2 satellite data, the Environmental Health Department (EHD) may overlook the potential benefits and insights that such data could bring to the table.” pp. 3 – 4 of Ms Cimino’s November 6, 2023 Proposed Comments for Integration of NO2 Data into the Health Environment and Equity Impact Ordinance (HEEI).  231106 Final Written Comments By E Cimino on HEEI  

These deaths and new cases of pediatric asthma occurred in just one year. Each year of exposure adds up into what is called cumulative impacts to health.  People are sick and suffering.  And overburdened communities bear the brunt.

To learn more about the HEEI Ordinance, please visit the New Mexico Environmental Law Center at https://nmelc.org/ .


  1. Your financial support makes a difference! Please help CCNS with an end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution or a monthly sustaining donation.  Mail your check to CCNS, P. O. Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594-1147, or use our e-contribution form on the right side of our home page at http://nuclearactive.org/ Your contribution keeps you informed through our weekly Update broadcast and social media postings.  Stay informed with the CCNS Media Network!  Many thanks!

 

 

  1. Friday, December 15th from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. NEW DATE: Holloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial rescheduled to Thursday, January 11th in Otero County, NM.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group     http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/    https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 –Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. CCNS is working on sample public comments for you to use. The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 
 

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Meeting Addressed the Insecurity of Nuclear Deterrence

For the first time, an agreement was made by the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to challenge the false narrative of nuclear deterrence.  It holds that possession of nuclear weapons will prevent another nation with nuclear weapons from attacking.  The Treaty States identified deterrence theory as both a threat to human security and an obstacle to progress to nuclear disarmament.  The States Parties tasked the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), stakeholders and experts to challenge the security paradigm based on nuclear deterrence by “highlighting and promoting new scientific evidence about the humanitarian consequences and risks of nuclear weapons and juxtaposing this with the risks and assumptions that are inherent in nuclear deterrence.”  New scientific evidence about the cascading effects of nuclear war on food supplies, the financial system and energy supplies was presented to support the new task. https://www.icanw.org/un_nuclear_ban_treaty_countries_strongly_condemn_the_doctrine_of_nuclear_deterrence

Over 90 countries and over 700 civil society delegates participated in the week long Second Meeting of States Parties at the United Nations in New York from November 26th through December 1st.  Nearly half of the countries of the world have signed, ratified or acceded to the Treaty.  https://disarmament.unoda.org/wmd/nuclear/tpnw/

New Mexicans actively participated in the discussions and built stronger bonds with others impacted by nuclear weapons.  They shared their unique stories of living in a state where the entire nuclear cycle exists – from uranium mining and milling, nuclear weapons research, development and testing, to waste disposal, including at the only deep geologic repository in the world for plutonium contaminated waste from nuclear weapons fabrication.

On December 1st, before the full plenary of the Second Meeting, Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, on behalf of the Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Santa Fe and Seattle dioceses, delivered a statement in support of the Treaty.  They called upon world leaders to demonstrate progress toward nuclear disarmament by a deadline of August 2025, the 80th anniversary of the atomic bombings during World War II.  https://archdiosf.org/documents/2023/11/231122_TPNW_Statement_ASF.pdf

In another action, people from communities around the world affected by the development, testing and use of nuclear weapons wrote a collective Affected Communities Statement about the harms they have experienced and continue to experience.  They acknowledged, “Nuclear colonization has disproportionately impacted Indigenous People and marginalized communities.  Indigenous Peoples lands were taken.  Bodies were used, people were bombed.” https://www.icanw.org/un_nuclear_ban_treaty_countries_strongly_condemn_the_doctrine_of_nuclear_deterrence

In March 2025, the Third Meeting of States Parties will meet at the United Nations in New York.


  1. Your financial support makes a difference!  Please help CCNS with an end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution or a monthly sustaining donation.  Mail your check to CCNS, P. O. Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594-1147, or use our e-contribution form on the right side of our home page at http://nuclearactive.org/ Your contribution keeps you informed through our weekly Update broadcast and social media postings.  Stay informed with the CCNS Media Network!  Many thanks!

 

 

  1. Friday, December 8th from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Saturday, December 9th at 1:30 to 2:30 pm – Albuquerque OLD TOWN Plaza, near the gazebo – Join NM PeaceFest, Veterans for Peace, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, the Raging Grannies and more, in demanding an end to the threat of nuclear annihilation. We’ll sing songs and share ideas on how to shut down the nuclear bomb factory.  Everyone is welcome. Bundle up and join us!

 

 

  1. Wednesday, December 13th from 2 to 4 pm Mountain Time, National WIPP Information Exchange – a hybrid public meeting to exchange information about the Legacy TRU Waste Disposal Plan as required by the new hazardous waste permit.  QR codes and registration:  https://wipp.energy.gov/wipp_news_20231201.asp

 

 

  1. Wednesday, December 13th at 6 pm MST – “Power to the People: How Grassroots Power Overcomes Big Nuclear” Webinar, presented by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.  https://www.nirs.org/   Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8FjN4qowRQCT8UWL1KR0Mg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=d9ffec16-5667-42ab-96c3-af726cdc0836#/registration

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. NEW DATE: Holloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial rescheduled to Thursday, January 11th in Otero County, NM.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group    http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/    https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. CCNS is working on sample public comments for you to use. The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 
 

LANL Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for a Third Electrical Line to Cross the Caja del Rio and the Rio Grande

Since at least 1999 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has proposed running an additional 12-mile, 115 kilovolt electric line to the two that already cross the Caja del Rio and the Rio Grande to the Pajarito Plateau, claiming it needs the additional power line to run its supercomputers.

But this is the first time the proposal has come with a draft environmental assessment, or EA, which is over 200-pages long. https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project  For that reason, this Update is limited to informing you simply that the draft EA is out and that the public process remains flawed, an observation the Update will develop next week.  CCNS is working on draft sample public comments that you can use.

Public comments about the proposed scope of the draft EA were due on May 21, 2021.  Now, 2 ½ years later, the draft EA has been released.  In those 2 ½ years, the public concerns about the care and preservation of the 106,000-acre Caja del Rio have grown.

The Caja del Rio is located between the Rio Grande and the Santa Fe rivers to the south and beyond Diablo Canyon to the north.  Currently there are efforts to create a national monument to preserve it.  To learn more, go to the beautiful website of the Caja del Rio Coalition at https://cajadelrio.org/

The draft EA is a joint effort by DOE and NNSA, the cooperating Santa Fe National Forest, and the participating Bureau of Land Management.  Together they are proposing the power transmission line to carry power from the Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, bulk electric system.  The proposal is for a 12.5 mile long, three phase, 115 kilovolt overhead power transmission line on large pole structures — 9.6 miles would span the Caja del Rio section of the Santa Fe National Forest and 2.7 miles would cross the Rio Grande in White Rock Canyon and terminate at a LANL substation on land managed by DOE and NNSA.  Access roads and lay down areas would be required.

Importantly, the EA recommends an amendment to the Santa Fe National Forest Plan to allow issuance of a special use permit to construct and operate the power line infrastructure outside some areas of the designated or existing utility corridor.

Now that you know, let’s form a working group to bring together concerns and expertise to address LANL’s proposal.  If you are interested, please email ccns@nuclearactive.org.

The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 


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  1. Friday, December 1st from noon to 1 pm MT *** NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st Second Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2MSP) at UN Headquarters in New York City. https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties and https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023   See the Nov. 9th Update for more details.  http://nuclearactive.org/states-parties-to-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons-will-meet-at-the-united-nations-to-strengthen-the-ban/   Check out the MSP-TV to catch up on the twice daily updates about what is happening at the United Nations.  https://www.icanw.org/msp_tv

 

 

  1. Wednesday, December 13th at 6 pm MST – “Power to the People: How Grassroots Power Overcomes Big Nuclear” Webinar, presented by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.  https://www.nirs.org/ Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8FjN4qowRQCT8UWL1KR0Mg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=d9ffec16-5667-42ab-96c3-af726cdc0836#/registration

 

 

  1. Friday, December 15thHolloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial begins in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group      http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/      https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Monday, January 8thNM Public Regulation Commission hearing about the proposed New Mexico Gas Company LNG plant in Bernalillo County – public comments needed. For more info:  https://www.newenergyeconomy.org/lng , https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=MHU2N3B1ZTY3NXJ1dmU3bmw3M3BqN3ZyM2ggbm1wcmMxQG0&ctz=America/Denver

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. CCNS is working on sample public comments for you to use. The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project

 


EVENT FOLLOW UP

About 60 people attended the Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons on the Santa Fe Plaza on Sunday, November 26, 2023 to sing with the Raging Grannies and to hear from speakers on many related nuclear issues, including uranium mining, nuclear colonization, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, expanding plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory and waste disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, both sites in New Mexico.  The event was organized by the New Mexico Peace Festivals.  https://abqpeacefest.org/

 

Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons: Santa Fe Plaza, Sunday, November 26th at 2 pm

You are invited to join the Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons on Sunday, November 26th at 2 pm on the Santa Fe Plaza.  Come with your friends, family and colleagues and call for an end to nuclear weapons by bringing attention to the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the TPNW.  Sing anti-nuclear and anti-war lyrics to familiar tunes with the Raging Grannies of New Mexico.  Bring signs, drums or tambourines.  To show our solidarity with others around the world, we’ll take photos and make videos to share on the website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the initiator of the Global Day of Action.  https://www.icanw.org/joniarends/global_day_of_action_of_against_nuclear_weapons_on_santa_fe_plaza

Sunday’s events are followed by other international actions to abolish nuclear weapons.  On Monday, November 27th, the 69 States Parties to the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will begin meeting all week at the United Nations in New York City.  This is the second time the parties to the Treaty will have convened since the Treaty became international law in January 2021.  It is oddly fitting to hold the meetings on U.S. soil because the United States is not a party to the Treaty and refuses to comply with it.  We need to encourage the United States to join with nearly half the nations of the world taking concrete steps to eliminate nuclear weapons.  https://disarmament.unoda.org/wmd/nuclear/tpnw/

ICAN encourages everyone to be loud and proud that the TPNW has been in effect for nearly three years.  Around the world, people will hold vigils and rallies calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons in solidarity with the delegations of the States Parties at the United Nations.  https://www.icanw.org/events

Please join with the New Mexico Peace Fest, Veterans for Peace Albuquerque and Santa Fe Chapters, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, the Raging Grannies New Mexico, Taos Environmental Film Festival, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Stop the War Machine, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Green Party ABQ Metro Area, Unity Spiritual Center, A.N.S.W.E.R., the New Mexico Peace Choir, Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center and people of faith at 2 pm on Sunday the 26th on the Santa Fe Plaza.  Let’s amplify the international call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Check out the ICAN website for more information.  https://www.icanw.org/ You can find online and in person events at https://www.icanw.org/events

Check out the Artists Against the Bomb for visuals you can download and bring to the Sunday gathering.  https://artistsagainstthebomb.org/  Check out Santa Fe artist Kaitlin Bryson’s piece there.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uVi04r3694lz9R5lnfDY6sngXhNidOhZ/view

To watch the proceedings on UN Web TV, go to https://webtv.un.org/en/schedule

For a quick 15 minute overview of what is happening at the United Nations twice a day, sign-up to watch MSP-TV at https://www.icanw.org/msp_tv  At 9 am and 3 pm Mountain (11 am and 5 pm Eastern) ICAN’s MSP-TV will provide a summary, highlights and insights from the Nuclear Ban Week events from Monday 27 November until 1 December 2023.

Together we are making a difference!    


  1. Friday, November 24th from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st Second Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2MSP) at UN Headquarters in New York City. https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties and https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023       See this week’s Update for more details.

 

 

  1. Tuesday, November 28th from 11 am to 12:30 pm Mountain Time – hybrid presentation about the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons and Signs of Hope for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World at Baha’i International Center at UN Plaza and on zoom. Registration is required at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckceuqpjspHdxOSycn61Xb7QFAticgAlfC#/registration   For more information and other events:  https://www.genderandradiation.org/2023events

 

 

  1. Friday, December 15thHolloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial begins in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/   https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone

 

 

  1. Wednesday, January 17, 2024 –Public Comments due about Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2911) for construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing infrastructure. CCNS will be working on sample public comments for you to use soon. The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at https://energy.gov/nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project 
 

The Missiles on Our Land: New Research Reveals Growing Risks of America’s Land-Based Nuclear Missiles

What would happen to the fields of amber waves of grain in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana and North Dakota that feed so many, as well as the area’s population, should a concerted nuclear attack occur in those same fields housing silos of intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs?

New research by Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security in collaboration with others presents the risks associated with the new U.S. Sentinel nuclear-armed land-based ICBMs.  The new research is published in the December issue of Scientific American under the title, The New Nuclear Age in the December 2023 issue.  https://www.scientificamerican.com/report/the-new-nuclear-age/ , https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YUnWmRRrfsQye5fv8F5x9bRUijJPvqrnOldpXN82eAc/edit

For those familiar with the Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex, or those that want to learn about it, the series provides a concise, yet multi-level review of the relationships between the military industrial complex, nuclear weapons and missile silo sites, and the potential harm from replacing 400 Minuteman III ICBMs with the new, more powerful Sentinel ICBMs.  Replacing Minuteman IIIs with the Sentinels draws a larger target with larger environmental and public health consequences, including from radioactive fallout.  https://missilesonourland.org/https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/inside-the-1-5-trillion-nuclear-weapons-program-youve-never-heard-of/ , https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/behind-the-scenes-at-a-u-s-factory-building-new-nuclear-bombs/https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/who-would-take-the-brunt-of-an-attack-on-u-s-nuclear-missile-silos/

Sebastien Philippe, with Princeton’s program, described just how severe those environmental and public health consequences would be.  He said, “According to my models, a concerted nuclear attack on the existing U.S. silo fields [] would annihilate all life in the surrounding regions and contaminate fertile agricultural land for years. Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas would also probably face high levels of radioactive fallout. Acute radiation exposure alone would cause several million fatalities across the U.S.—if people get advance warning and can shelter in place for at least four days. Without appropriate shelter, that number could be twice as high. Because of great variability in wind directions, the entire population of the contiguous U.S. and the most populated areas of Canada, as well as the northern states of Mexico, would be at risk of lethal fallout—more than 300 million people in total. The inhabitants of the U.S. Midwest and of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in Canada could receive outdoor whole-body doses of radiation several times higher than the minimum known to result in certain death.”

The multi-media format of Missiles on Our Land:  Confronting the risks of America’s land-based nuclear missiles includes a five-part investigative podcast by Ella Weber, entitled “The Missiles on Our Rez,” about the only Native American tribal nation hosting nuclear weapons.  Photos (credits to Nina Berman) are available at:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u8S7a-dTT5FNqyzjFAvVJXU5lR6X43n3?usp=drive_link  Maps (credits to (credits to Sebastien Philippe, Svitlana Lavrenchuk, Ivan Stepanov): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u93cNckL5vHHbOqFXmx11YLJkD7ToXHR?usp=sharing

To learn more, visit The Missiles on Our Land:  Confronting the risks of America’s land-based nuclear missiles at https://missilesonourland.org/


  1. Friday, November 17th from noon to 1 pm MT *** NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 8 pm – virtual and in-person public meeting about the Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project at New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE.

 Community members may review Air Force Environmental Restoration Program documents by visiting the Kirtland AFB website at https://www.kirtland.af.mil/Home/Environment/ or the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center Administrative Record website AF Administrative Record. If you would like additional information, please contact 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at (505) 846-5991 or by email, 377ABW.PA@us.af.mil

  1. Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th – New Mexico Acequia Association 24th Annual Congreso de las Acequias at the Sagebrush Inn, Taos. https://lasacequias.org/congreso/

 

 

  1. Sunday, November 26th – Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons – Message from the Int’l Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN):

 

“As governments, experts and campaigners get ready for a week of building on the treaty banning nuclear weapons, join the international day of action to call for an end to nuclear weapons and bring attention to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)! All around the world, people will be taking action to show the delegations in New York that we expect them to be bold, courageous and use the TPNW to dismantle nuclear deterrence, and make sure the rest of the world is paying attention to this crucial opportunity.”

Funding may be available.  Add your action to the international calendar at:  https://www.icanw.org/2msp_global_day_of_action

 

  1. Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st Second Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2MSP) at UN Headquarters in New York City. https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties and https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023   

 

Sign-up to watch MSP-TV at https://www.icanw.org/msp_tv  Don’t have time to watch the Nuclear Ban Week events play out minute-by-minute? ICAN’s  “MSP-TV” will provide you a summary, highlights and insights from the Nuclear Ban Week events – at the UN, in New York and those organized by partners around the world- twice a day at 11:00 and 17:00 ET (at 9 am and 5 pm Mountain Time) from Monday 27 November until 1 December 2023.

 

  1. Tuesday, November 28th from 11 am to 12:30 pm Mountain Time – hybrid presentation about the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons and Signs of Hope for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World at Baha’i International Center at UN Plaza and on zoom. Registration is required at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckceuqpjspHdxOSycn61Xb7QFAticgAlfC#/registration   For more information and other events:  https://www.genderandradiation.org/2023events

 

 

  1. Friday, December 15thHolloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial begins in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/   https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone
 

States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Will Meet at the United Nations to Strengthen the Ban

From Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st, the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will meet at the United Nations in New York to review progress on the treaty’s implementation and agree on further action to strengthen it.  https://disarmament.unoda.org/wmd/nuclear/tpnw/

This will be the second meeting of the States Parties.  https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023; https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties; and https://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/disarmament-fora/nuclear-weapon-ban/2msp

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, is encouraged by the 97 States that have already signed, ratified or acceded to the Treaty.  https://www.icanw.org/eu_today_tpnw  It continues its work for more States to join the Treaty.  In 2017, ICAN was awarded Nobel Peace Prize.  CCNS is a member of ICAN.

The Treaty is also commonly known as the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

The States Parties have urged the nuclear-armed states and their allies to engage with the Nuclear Ban Treaty by being observers at the second meeting of the States Parties.  At the first meeting last year, several North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, members did attend.  They included representatives from Belgium, Germany, Norway, and The Netherlands.  Australia also attended as an observer.

Please encourage the Biden Administration to send a delegation of U.S. observers to the second meeting and to initiate negotiations with all the nuclear weapons states for a verifiable, time-bound agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.  https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N23/269/26/PDF/N2326926.pdf?OpenElement

During this second meeting, a call will be made for all States to abandon the nuclear deterrence theory as an unacceptable threat to humanity and all life on Planet Earth and to end deployment of nuclear weapons in third states under the so-called nuclear sharing agreements.

ICAN states that deterrence is an unproven gamble, based on the implicit threat to use nuclear weapons.  That theory has brought the world close to nuclear war on a number of occasions.  Nuclear sharing agreements are a dangerous practice that further exacerbates the risks of proliferation and nuclear use.  The Nuclear Ban Treaty prohibits both of these activities.

Alongside the meetings at the United Nations, at least 40 in-person and virtual events will take place during Nuclear Ban Week.  There will be marches, rallies, art exhibits, concerts, debates, and presentations.  A full list of events is available on the ICAN website at https://www.icanw.org/2msp_events

The United Nations Side Event Calendar is available at https://docs-library.unoda.org/Treaty_on_the_Prohibition_of_Nuclear_Weapons_-SecondMeeting_of_States_Parties_(2023)/20231107_TPNW_2MSP_Side_events_calendar.pdf

Twice daily at 9 am and 5 pm Mountain Time from Monday, November 27th until Friday, December 1st, MSP-TV will provide 15-minutes of summaries, highlights and insights from the Nuclear Ban Week events.  To receive a reminder, RSVP here:  https://www.icanw.org/msp_tv?locale=en

The second meeting of the State Parties where the end of nuclear weapons is being designed stands in direct contrast to the beginning of the Manhattan Project in the late 1930s to develop nuclear weapons.


  1. Friday, November 10th from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Saturday, November 11th Armistice Day (also known as Veterans’ Day) in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

In Albuquerque:  The Albuquerque Veterans For Peace will celebrate Armistice Day at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, typically from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

In Santa Fe:  Join VFP, colleagues and allies on the Santa Fe Plaza at 10:45 a.m.  The Archdiocese will ring the Cathedral bells 11 times beginning at 11 a.m.  Other bell ringing is planned along with moments of silence.

For more information:  http://nuclearactive.org/join-veterans-for-peace-to-celebrate-armistice-day-on-saturday-november-11th/

 

  1. Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 8 pm – virtual and in-person public meeting about the Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project at New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE.

Community members may review Air Force Environmental Restoration Program documents by visiting the Kirtland AFB website at https://www.kirtland.af.mil/Home/Environment/ or the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center Administrative Record website AF Administrative Record. If you would like additional information, please contact 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at (505) 846-5991 or by email, 377ABW.PA@us.af.mil

 

  1. Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th – New Mexico Acequia Association 24th Annual Congreso de las Acequias at the Sagebrush Inn, Taos. https://lasacequias.org/congreso/

 

 

  1. Sunday, November 26th – Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons – Message from the Int’l Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN):

“As governments, experts and campaigners get ready for a week of building on the treaty banning nuclear weapons, join the international day of action to call for an end to nuclear weapons and bring attention to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)! All around the world, people will be taking action to show the delegations in New York that we expect them to be bold, courageous and use the TPNW to dismantle nuclear deterrence, and make sure the rest of the world is paying attention to this crucial opportunity.”

Funding may be available.  Add your action to the international calendar at:  https://www.icanw.org/2msp_global_day_of_action

 

  1. Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st Second Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2MSP) at UN Headquarters in New York City. https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties and https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023   

 Sign-up to watch MSP-TV at https://www.icanw.org/msp_tv  Don’t have time to watch the Nuclear Ban Week events play out minute-by-minute? ICAN’s  “MSP-TV” will provide you a summary, highlights and insights from the Nuclear Ban Week events – at the UN, in New York and those organized by partners around the world- twice a day at 11:00 and 17:00 ET (at 9 am and 5 pm Mountain Time) from Monday 27 November until 1 December 2023.

 

  1. Friday, December 15thHolloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial begins in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/   https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone
 

Join Veterans For Peace to Celebrate Armistice Day on Saturday, November 11th

Over one hundred years ago, in 1918, the world celebrated peace as a universal principle.  The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars.  Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11th as Veterans Day.  Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war.  Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.

Veterans For Peace has taken the lead to lift up the original intent of November 11th as a day for peace.  Veterans know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans.  They want future generations never to encounter the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.

Veterans For Peace call on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day.  More than ever, the world faces a critical moment.  Tensions are heightened around the world and the United States is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight.

Here at home Veterans For Peace have seen the increased militarization of police forces, brutal crackdowns on dissent and uprisings against state power.  They recommend the government end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world.  They support building a culture of peace.

This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace call on the public to say “No” to more war and to demand justice and peace at home and abroad.  They know “Peace Is Possible” and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies and for equality for all people.

Veterans For Peace has suggestions for actions on Saturday, November 11th.   

Locally,  

 

Additional actions to take:

Educate yourself on the history and importance of Armistice Day.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day

Download and hang the Armistice Day Poster in your front window or anywhere else you feel it would be most visible to others.   https://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/9216/0088/6147/Final_AD_Poster_PDF.pdf

Host a silent vigil.  Invite others to join you to stand in silence for eleven minutes at 11 a.m. at a highly trafficked area in your city.

Ring Bells for Peace.  Ask local churches, community centers and schools to ring their bells at 11 a.m.

Read Poems and Stories.  Host an event and ask speakers to share their favorite poem or story about peace.

Send Letters to the Editor.  Write from the heart and tell them why you think November 11th must be a day for peace.

Contact your local elected officials to create a city or county proclamation in support of Armistice Day.

Share on Social Media.  Share your photos with the hashtag #ReclaimArmisticeDay.

Take action to end forever wars.  Updated calls to action are listed at www.veteransforpeace.org.

Find more suggestions on the Veterans For Peace website.  https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day


Below is an extensive list of upcoming events that you may want to participate in or take action during this busy time of the year.  Please mark your calendars!

 

  1. Friday, November 3rd from noon to 1 pm MT ***  NEW LOCATION DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION OF GUADALUPE BRIDGE.  ***  Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Sandoval in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, November 6th by 5 pm MT – Get your comments in to support the New Mexico Environment Department’s recommendation to excavate the LANL dump, MDA C. For more information and to access sample public comment letters you can use and modify, go to:  http://nuclearactive.org/comments-to-nmed-needed-in-support-of-excavation-of-lanl-dump-c-by-november-6th/ and http://nuclearactive.org/new-mexico-environment-department-recommends-excavation-of-lanls-material-disposal-area-c/

 

 

  1. Wednesday, November 8th virtual conference on Nuclear Weapons and International Law – The Renewed Imperative in Light of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine from 9 am to 6 pm ET. Sponsored by the New York Bar Association, International Section.  https://nysba.org/events/nuclear-weapons-and-international-law-the-renewed-imperative-in-light-of-the-ukraine-war/

 

 

  1. Thursday, November 9th by 5 pm MT – Comments due on the draft Community Relations Plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). https://wipp.energy.gov/community-outreach.asp

 

 

  1. Saturday, November 11th Armistice Day (also known as Veterans’ Day) in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

In Albuquerque:  The Albuquerque Veterans For Peace will celebrate Armistice Day at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, typically from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

In Santa Fe:  Join VFP, colleagues and allies on the Santa Fe Plaza at 10:45 a.m.  The Archdiocese will ring the Cathedral bells 11 times beginning at 11 a.m.  Other bell ringing is planned along with moments of silence.

 

 

  1. Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 8 pm – virtual and in-person public meeting about the Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project at New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. Community members may review Air Force Environmental Restoration Program documents by visiting the Kirtland AFB website at https://www.kirtland.af.mil/Home/Environment/ or the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center Administrative Record website AF Administrative Record. If you would like additional information, please contact 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at (505) 846-5991 or by email, 377ABW.PA@us.af.mil

 

  1. Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th – New Mexico Acequia Association 24th Annual Congreso de las Acequias at the Sagebrush Inn, Taos. https://lasacequias.org/congreso/

 

 

  1. Sunday, November 26th – Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons – Message from the Int’l Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN):

“As governments, experts and campaigners get ready for a week of building on the treaty banning nuclear weapons, join the international day of action to call for an end to nuclear weapons and bring attention to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)! All around the world, people will be taking action to show the delegations in New York that we expect them to be bold, courageous and use the TPNW to dismantle nuclear deterrence, and make sure the rest of the world is paying attention to this crucial opportunity.”

Funding may be available.  Add your action to the international calendar at:  https://www.icanw.org/2msp_global_day_of_action

 

  1. Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st Second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2MSP) at UN Headquarters in New York City. https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_second_meeting_of_states_parties and https://meetings.unoda.org/tpnw/tpnw-msp-2023   

 

 

  1. Friday, December 15thHolloman 5 Anti-Drone Trial begins in Otero County, NM. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/working-groups/drones-robots-and-future-weapons-working-group http://www.shutdowndronewarfare.org/   https://www.codepink.org/shutdowndrone