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Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

Our mission is to protect all living beings and the environment from the effects of radioactive and other hazardous materials now and in the future.

P.O. Box 31147
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594

Telephone: (505) 986-1973
Fax: (505) 986-0997
Email: ccns@nuclearactive.org

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Current Activities

What is the Los Alamos Seismic Network and Why Is It Not Working Properly?

The Earth has been rocking and rolling with large earthquake and volcanic activity lately.  It makes us wonder how seismic activity along the north – south running Pajarito Fault System and the massive Valles Caldera is being monitored and where the data is posted for easy public access.

In 1973 – nearly 50 years ago – the Los Alamos Seismic Network (LASN) installed its first seismic monitoring stations in north central New Mexico to research underground nuclear weapons tests.  The network’s spatial extent was expanded through the 1970s to about 25 stations, but funding cuts in the middle 1980s reduced its coverage to about seven stations.  Those stations were maintained until 1999.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) operates the Los Alamos Seismic Network.  A 2020 LANL report entitled Seismicity Monitoring in North-Central New Mexico by the Los Alamos Seismic Network was published in the Seismological Research Letters.  https://www.osti.gov/pages/servlets/purl/1688745  That report reveals that from 1999 to the present funding levels “have still been sparse and variable” (p. 3), and that “continued data acquisition, archiving, and routine analysis remain ongoing challenges” (p. 3).  The current network has 17 stations that operate in isolated, stand-alone mode.  Surprisingly, “[a]ll acquired data must be manually copied from the personal computer and transferred to another machine for archiving” (p. 4).

It is tragic that the Seismic Network is not working properly because the U.S. government, at LANL, has been investing billions for infrastructure, equipment and personnel to support expanded production of plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.

LANL nuclear facilities are located within the Pajarito Fault System on the Pajarito Plateau between the Jemez Mountains and the Rio Grande.  Recall how in 2012 the proposed Super Walmart-sized Nuclear Facility, as part of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project, was eventually canceled because of seismic concerns, among others.  https://nuclearactive.org/doe-considers-a-ten-fold-increase-of-plutonium-in-cmrr-rad-lab-at-lanl/

Across the street from the proposed Nuclear Facility site is the nearly 60-year old Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility.  It handles, treats and stores hazardous waste from nuclear weapons research and manufacturing across the LANL site.

For over a decade CCNS and Honor Our Pueblo Existence have argued the facility must be regulated by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act, which requires a seismic analysis before it can be permitted.  https://nuclearactive.org/doe-considers-a-ten-fold-increase-of-plutonium-in-cmrr-rad-lab-at-lanl/  That data is not available because the Los Alamos Seismic Network has been historically underfunded and uses antiquated equipment.

Please contact your congressional members with the urgent request that LANL upgrade and expand the Los Alamos Seismic Network now and make all the seismic data electronically available to the public.


  1. Thank you for your generous financial support on Giving Tuesday! We exceeded our goal! 

 

 

  1. Friday, December 2nd from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi and others.

 

 

  1. Tuesday, December 13th at 5 pm MST – It’s a great time to start planning activities for the second anniversary of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. January 21st, 2023 will mark the second anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force.  https://www.nuclearbantreaty.org/upcoming-events-meetings/   Please share this email with friends, family, organizations, faith communities and others!

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceyqqTIsHdK60QSqg7dzuHzS7nYpBKFj

 

 

  1. Week of December 19thglobal organizing events under the banner “Diplomacy is the Path to Peace” to end the war in Ukraine, not life on Earth. Join in the efforts of the Defuse Nuclear War movement, along with local organizations Veterans for Peace and CCNS.  https://defusenuclearwar.org/  Get involved, join the movement!  Contact us at ccns@nuclearactive.org .
 

Please Support CCNS on Giving Tuesday

For over 34 years, CCNS has been a leader for nuclear safety.  We began in 1988 to address community concerns about the proposed transportation of plutonium contaminated hazardous waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory, or LANL, to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, for disposal in the deep geologic repository.  At that time, the proposal was to ship the waste through Santa Fe on Saint Francis Drive, near traditional neighborhoods, seven schools and the hospital.

Since then, CCNS has challenged LANL’s and WIPP’s compliance with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the federal and state hazardous waste laws.

CCNS is currently challenging the illegal regulation of the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at LANL through the Clean Water Act and the New Mexico Water Quality Act.  The key facility supports the production of plutonium pits, or the triggers, for nuclear weapons.  It receives contaminated waters from across the LANL site through underground pipes and by truck that are decontaminated in a series of tank treatment processes.  The resulting sludge is packaged into drums and shipped to WIPP for disposal.

A Hazardous Waste Act permit has never covered those treatment systems, although the law requires it.  Such a permit would include strict compliance requirements to prevent releases from the numerous tank systems.  As LANL is located within the Pajarito Fault System, the hazardous waste regulations require the Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate compliance with seismic safety rules.  http://nuclearactive.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/LANL-PAJARITO-FAULT-SYSTEM-FIGURES.pdf  Note:  The Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility is located at Technical Area 50, or TA-50, which shares its western border with TA-55, the Plutonium Facility.

Right now, LANL is constructing new facilities at TA-50 for low-level and transuranic radioactive liquid waste that are not required to meet seismic standards. LANL’s plans are to have these two new facilities accept hazardous waste without any further public proceedings and, equally clear, without meeting the standards of the hazardous waste laws.  Once built, these new facilities would stand as a fait accompli, defying any attempt to bring them into compliance with the hazardous waste laws.

DOE strongly resists being permitted under the Hazardous Waste Act and, seeking the sanctuary of far less rigorous regulations, has obtained a state-law groundwater discharge permit and a federal Clean Water Act permit, which are not protective but, DOE argues, confer exemptions from the Hazardous Waste Act.

To review the filings in the state appeal, go to https://www.env.nm.gov/opf/docketed-matters/, scroll down to Water Quality Control Commission to WQCC 22-21: Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Honor Our Pueblo Existence’s Petition for Review of NMED Ground Water Discharge Permit DP-1132.

CCNS, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 63 in Albuquerque, are opposing DOE’s strategy before the federal Environmental Appeals Board.  https://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/EAB_Web_Docket.nsf/Active+Dockets?OpenView , Appeal No. NPDES 22-01.

Lindsay A. Lovejoy, Jr., of Santa Fe, represents the NGOs in both cases.  http://lindsaylovejoy.com/

To support this essential work, please be as generous as you can on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.  To make a financial contribution, please visit our website at http://nuclearactive.org/ .  Thank you!


  1. Friday, November 25th from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi and others.

 

 

  1. Monday, November 28th at 6 pm MST – World Nuclear Survivors Forum Dialogue with the Co-Chairs of Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Kazakhstan and Kiribati, as co-chairs of the working group for providing victim assistance for survivors of nuclear weapons use and testing and remediating contaminated environments under the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), would like to cordially invite you to attend a consultation for members of communities affected by nuclear weapons on Tuesday, 29 November at 1pm Fiji Standard Time [Monday, 28 November at 6 pm MST].  The co-chairs are:  H.E. Ambassador Teburoro Tito, Permanent Representative of Kiribati to the United Nations and Mr. Zhangeldy Syrymbet, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. The co-chairs will provide an overview of their plans for the working group and then open the floor to hear from affected community members, including on how they would like to be consulted and involved in the work of the group going forward. To register for the event please follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-6vrzkrH9ZH3AjWu1AMa-sn2dTJzHGs

 

 

  1. Wednesday, November 30th from approximately noon to 5 pm MST and Thursday, December 1st from approximately 7 am to 3 pm MST – The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will convene a hybrid in-person public meeting with a virtual option. Registration is open throughout the duration of all meeting days virtually and in person. However, members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period on Wed. Nov. 30th from 2:15 to 5 pm MST must register by 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Nov. 23, 2022.  https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/white-house-environmental-justice-advisory-council Topics include a conversation with John Podesta, Senior Advisory to the President for Clean Energy Innovation & Implementation, an overview of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a federal panel discussion on addressing legacy pollution, carbon management and the National Climate Assessment.  https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-11/WHEJAC%20Draft%20Agenda%20Alexandria%20In-Person%20Public%20Mtg%20Web%20ver2.pdf The meeting is free and open to all members of the public. Individual registration for this event is REQUIRED.  Register here: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_SosqfAdJQCWWtWGjMcSbKw

 

 

  1. Tuesday, December 13th at 5 pm MST – It’s a great time to start planning activities for the second anniversary of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. January 21, 2023 will mark two years since the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force.  https://www.nuclearbantreaty.org/upcoming-events-meetings/ Please share this email with friends, family, organizations and faith communities!  Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceyqqTIsHdK60QSqg7dzuHzS7nYpBKFj
 

Emma Pike’s 30 Day Challenge – Nuclear Weapons

Emma Pike (@emmakiko on Tiktok) has taken on a 30 day challenge to take action and share knowledge about nuclear weapons!  You may have seen her featured on ICAN’s instagram and tiktok before, but now Emma is using her personal account to create posts and start conversations about the many ways nuclear weapons affect us, and of course about the treaty and build a small community of people who care about the issue. Her styles vary from deep explainers on why stigmatising nuclear weapons matters or the connections with climate change, or just having some fun with trends!
You’ll notice Emma’s not someone who is already an influencer but rather a campaigner who is taking this new tool and running with it and seeing what works. We love that. We will be asking Emma to recap some of her key lessons once she’s finished the challenge (and stay tuned for more details on a live next week), but in the meantime if you want to see what she’s up to, ask her questions, or send your encouragement, please go follow her.
 

A Clear Case of Disqualification of NMED Deputy Cabinet Secretary Stephanie Stringer

This week the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) provided evidence to CCNS and Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE) that Stephanie Stringer, a New Mexico Environment Department Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the New Mexico Water Quality Commission, made adjudicatory decisions against the non-governmental organizations while she was applying for NNSA employment.  This is the second time NNSA has hired an adjudicatory decision-maker during an ongoing proceeding addressing the groundwater discharge permit, DP-1132, for the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  http://nuclearactive.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/190606-CCW-Petition-for-Mandamus-2019-06-06.pdf , see ¶¶ 14 – 24.

This time, Stephanie Stringer, after applying for the NNSA job, demonstrated her bias by not recusing herself from the matter.  She voted against the NGOs in the requested permit review before the Water Quality Control Commission.

Because the Facility handles, treats and stores hazardous waste, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as implemented by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act, must regulate it.  The New Mexico Water Quality Act excludes the regulation of hazardous waste facilities.

After decades of public opposition, on May 5, 2022, the Environment Department issued the final groundwater discharge permit.  On June 6th, the NGOs filed an appeal of the permit to the Commission.  https://www.env.nm.gov/opf/docketed-matters/ , scroll down to Water Quality Control Commission to Case No. WQCC 22-21:  Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Honor Our Pueblo Existence’s Petition for Review of NMED Ground Water Discharge Permit DP-1132.   

On July 29th, the NNSA job was posted.  Stringer submitted her application on August 7th two days before the first Commission hearing on the permit.  Because the NGOs had appealed a federal discharge permit for the Facility to the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), NNSA, Triad National Security, LLC, and the Environment Department had asked for a stay.  Stringer called for a vote on the stay motion until the EAB issued a decision.  The motion passed.

Chair Stringer had an interview with the NNSA on August 23rd.  The following week she signed the Commission’s order granting a stay of all the proceedings pending an EAB decision.

On the next day, August 31st, NNSA offered Stringer a position.

With the job offer in hand, Stringer continued working for the Environment Department and as the Commission Chair through a hearing on September 13th.  At the hearing, the NGOs moved to reverse the groundwater discharge permit based on the Water Quality Act statutory limitation.  Chair Stringer seconded a motion to deny reversal of the permit.

On October 31st, Stringer resigned her state position and on November 6th, reported for work with NNSA.

The NGOs have filed a motion before the Commission to vacate the decisions in which Chair Stringer participated.


  1. Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6 pm MST – Night with the Experts welcomes Dr. Edwin Lyman discussing Guinea Pig Nation: How the NRC’s new licensing rules could turn communities into test beds for risky, experimental nuclear plants, hosted by Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS).    View the flyer here: Night With Experts Dr Lyman3    Use this ZOOM link to join the session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82689371046?pwd=YkFuQTdKa2hKbmo2T2xtVzVCdmJCZz09

 

 

  1. Friday, November 18th from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi and others. Join us about next steps toward nuclear disarmament.

 

 

  1. Tuesday, November 22nd from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos – reception, author talk and book signing for Nuclear Nuevo México, by Dr. Myrriah Gómez.   Dr. Myrriah Gómez will discuss her book Nuclear Nuevo México. Contrary to previous works that suppress Nuevomexicana/o presence throughout U.S. nuclear history, Nuclear Nuevo México focuses on recovering the voices and stories that have been lost or ignored in the telling of this history. By recuperating these narratives, Myrriah Gómez tells a new story of New Mexico, one in which the nuclear history is not separate from the collective colonial history of Nuevo México but instead demonstrates how earlier eras of settler colonialism laid the foundation for nuclear colonialism in New Mexico.  https://www.samizdatbookstore.com/event/nuclear-nuevo-m%C3%A9xico-myrriah-g%C3%B3mez

 

 

  1. WIPP – The responses to questions asked at the July 7th WIPP Community Forum in Santa Fe have been posted to the WIPP website. https://wipp.energy.gov/Library/documents/2022/WIPP_Community_Forum_Q&A_7-7-22.pdf   The video recording of the October 24, 2022 WIPP Community Forum at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino have been posted.  Please note there is no audio until 3:58 of the recording – https://wipp.energy.gov/Library/documents/2022/10-24_Community_Forum.mp4
 

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in person and virtual public hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in person and virtual public hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, from noon to 9:45 pm (with four breaks of varying lengths) at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  The hearing will be presented live through internet video streaming. A link to the presentation will be available on DNFSB’s website at https://www.dnfsb.gov/

For more information, please see https://www.dnfsb.gov/sites/default/files/meeting/Federal%20Register%20Notice_12.pdf

A quick review of the agenda with times and the four breaks

Session 1:  Nuclear Safety at Area G from noon to 2:45 pm MT

    Break:  1:45 to 2 pm

    Break:  2:45 pm to 4 pm

Session 2:   National Security Missions and Nuclear Safety Posture from 4 to 6 pm MT

    Break:  6 pm to 6:30 pm

Session 3:  Improving Safety Systems, Safety Management Programs, and Oversight from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT

Session 4:  Public Comments and Wrap-up from 8:45 to 9:45 MT. 

    Break:  8:30 pm to 8:45  pm

Here is the link to the live stream.  It is at  https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/november-16-2022-public-hearing

 

What Does LANL Ship to WIPP—Legacy or Newly-Generated Transuranic Waste?

On Wednesday, November 16th, during the first virtual and in-person public hearing session, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will hear from three Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) officials about the stored and buried transuranic waste at the Area G dump.  The second and third public hearing sessions will focus on the national security missions and nuclear safety posture, and improving safety systems, safety management programs, and oversight, respectively.  The fourth public hearing session will focus on public comments and wrap-up.    https://www.dnfsb.gov/sites/default/files/meeting/November%2016%2C%202022%20Hearing%20Agenda_1.pdf

In the first session, the Board wants to understand LANL’s plans to “remove legacy transuranic waste while minimizing the amount of aboveground transuranic waste.”  Let’s break down that description.

Legacy transuranic waste is plutonium-contaminated waste from the production of nuclear weapons that was generated prior to 1999, when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) opened.  Area G legacy waste is buried in containers in unlined pits, trenches and shafts carved out of the volcanic tuff.  Legacy waste is also stored in containers above ground in fabric tents.  None of it is in safe long-term storage.

There are two possible meanings of the phrase, “minimizing the amount of aboveground transuranic waste.”  One is minimizing the legacy waste stored in the tents that is destined for deep underground disposal in WIPP.  The other is minimizing the newly-generated plutonium-contaminated waste from the fabrication of the triggers, or pits, of nuclear weapons.  The choice of meanings is important.

The legacy waste aboveground is prepared for shipment to WIPP under the auspices of Environmental Management Los Alamos, or EM-LA.  The amount of legacy waste shipped to WIPP is publicly reported.

But the facts about the newly-generated waste are harder, if not impossible, to come by.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) operates the plutonium pit fabrication activities. 

In January 2021, NNSA and EM-LA decided that for efficiency they would commingle their waste shipments to WIPP.  https://n3b-la.com/n3b-and-triad-cooperate-to-ship-radioactive-waste-to-wipp/

Since October 3rd, 2022, CCNS has been asking for the commingled shipment data for fiscal year 2022.  EM-LA does not have that data, even though one of its contractors, N3B, stated that all of the waste shipped in fiscal year 2022 was legacy waste.  https://n3b-la.com/n3b-exceeds-legacy-waste-shipment-goals-for-fy22/

There are efforts to get the waste off the hill, but what waste?  Since there is limited space at WIPP, disposal of legacy waste must be the priority.

The public needs easy access to all of the shipment data and so does the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.  Please bring your questions and concerns to the hearing.  Public comments will be heard from 2 to 2:30 pm and from 8:45 to 9:25 pm.

If you are interested in making comments, please pre-register by close of business on Friday, November 11, 2022.  Please follow the instructions in the Federal Register notice – which is cut and pasted below:

Persons interested in speaking during the public comment portion of the Public Hearing are encouraged to pre-register by submitting a request in writing to the Office of General Counsel at 625 Indiana Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004, emailing hearing@dnfsb.gov , or calling (202) 694–7062 or (800) 788–4016 prior to close of business on November 11, 2022.  DNFSB asks that commenters describe the nature and scope of their oral presentations.

Those who pre-register will be scheduled to speak first.  Individual oral comments may be limited by the time available, depending on the number of persons who register.  At the beginning of the hearing, a list of speakers will be posted at the entrance to the hearing room.  Anyone who wishes to comment or provide technical information or data may do so in writing, either in lieu of, or in addition to, making an oral presentation.  The Board Members may question presenters to the extent deemed appropriate.  Written comments and documents will be accepted at the hearing or may be sent to DNFSB’s Washington, DC office.  DNFSB will hold the hearing record open until December 16, 2022, for the receipt of additional materials. Additional details, including the detailed agenda for the hearing, are available at https://www.dnfsb.gov .     https://www.dnfsb.gov/sites/default/files/meeting/Federal%20Register%20Notice_12.pdf

Helpful tips to help you prepare your public comments

If you are interested in making public comments but don’t know where to start or what topic to cover, check out the weekly one-page Resident Inspector Reports for LANL on the DNFSB website.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/  Read one or two of three of them.  For example, the Oct. 14, 2022 report covers electrical safety, criticality safety and on-site transportation – all topics that will be discussed during the Nov. 16, 2022 public hearing.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/sites/default/files/document/26846/Los%20Alamos%20Week%20Ending%20October%2014%202022.pdf

If a topic peaks your interest, follow the thread on the websites of the DNFSB at https://www.dnfsb.gov/ , CCNS at http://nuclearactive.org/ , Nuclear Watch New Mexico at https://nukewatch.org/ , Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE) at https://shuffle.do/projects/honor-our-pueblo-existance-h-o-p-e , and Tewa Women United (TWU) at https://tewawomenunited.org/?s=LANL


  1. Friday, November 11th from noon to 1 pm – Armistice Day – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi and others. Join us about next steps toward nuclear disarmament.

 

 

  1. Monday, November 14th from 9 am to 5 pm – virtual and in-person Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee public meeting at the State Capitol, Room 309, Santa Fe. A primary focus is LANL.  Presentations about the proposed Green Amendment, Uranium Mining Legacy Cleanup, Legacy Environmental Cleanup at LANL, Update from LANL, Discussion Topics Concerning LANL, and Increasing Penalties for Violations of Environmental Statutes.  Public comments are scheduled for 4:30 pm.  To make virtual public comments, please see https://www.nmlegis.gov/agendas/RHMCageNov14.22.pdf

 

 

  1. Monday, November 14th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm MT – virtual training for LANL’s Electronic Public Reading Room (EPRR). https://permalink.lanl.gov/object/tr?what=info:lanl-repo/lareport/LA-UR-22-30217  The EPRR is an information repository for administrative and environmental information and correspondence as required by Section 1.10 of the 2010 NM Environment Department Hazardous Waste Facility Permit for LANL.  The EPRR is available at https://eprr.lanl.gov/

 

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  1. Tuesday, November 15th at 10 to 11 am Mountain Time – Radiation and Public Health Project Annual Meeting – The Baby Teeth Project. https://radiation.org/research-using-100000-baby-teeth-begins/   The Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) research and education group is working with a group of independent scientific advisors to on a landmark research project that will soon analyze over 100,000 baby teeth that remain from a 1960s study and have been donated to RPHP.  Fallout remaining in teeth from above-ground atomic bomb tests still can be measured, providing a unique opportunity to assess health impact from past exposures.  In addition, RPHP is collecting baby teeth from children now living near nuclear reactors, which produce the same toxic chemicals as did atomic bombs. This research is one of a kind opportunity to better understand two critical health questions:

1. Whether fallout raised cancer risk to Baby Boomers, now in their 60s

2. If children near nuclear reactors can expect to face cancer risk later in life similar to Baby Boomers

No other research organization in the U.S. is studying health hazards from fallout or reactor exposures, using actual in-body measurements.

As we consider future energy choices in a climate constrained world, better understanding long-term impacts of radiation exposure is an essential data point that is largely being ignored. RPHP is filling this gap by using the 100,000 teeth to understand past risk, and predict future risk.

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  1. Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – virtual and in-person meeting of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from noon to 9:45 pm – with two breaks – at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The two breaks are from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, and from 6 pm to 6:30 pm.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/november-16-2022-public-hearing and http://nuclearactive.org/defense-nuclear-facilities-safety-board-to-hold-public-hearing-at-santa-fe-convention-center-on-november-16th/

 

 

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to Hold Public Hearing at Santa Fe Convention Center on November 16th

On Wednesday, November 16th, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) will hold a virtual and in-person public hearing at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from noon to 9:45 pm Mountain Time.  The DNFSB’s goal is to gather information regarding legacy cleanup activities, nuclear safety, and increased production of plutonium pits, or triggers, for nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  There will be two opportunities for oral public comments.  Written comments will also be accepted.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/november-16-2022-public-hearing

To prepare your comments, a useful resource is the DNFSB’s Resident Inspector Weekly Reports about activities at LANL.  There are over 1,100 weekly reports.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/documents/reports/resident-inspector-weekly-reports

The DNFSB is an independent organization within the executive branch of the United States Government, chartered with the responsibility of providing recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy defense nuclear facilities, such as LANL.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/

On the 16th, Board Members will hear testimony from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Jill Hruby and the Manager of the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Theodore Wyka, among others.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/sites/default/files/meeting/November%2016%2C%202022%20Hearing%20Agenda_0.pdf

The hearing is divided into four sessions. Session 1 will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.  It will focus on nuclear safety at Area G, LANL’s active dump for radioactive and hazardous waste.  The Board’s objective is to understand actions completed and planned to strengthen Area G’s safety basis in order to remove legacy plutonium-contaminated waste while minimizing the amount of it above ground.  See the August 17, 2022 DNFSB Staff Issue Report about LANL Area G Safety Posture and Justifications for Continued Operation at https://www.dnfsb.gov/documents/reports?f%5B0%5D=field_document_type%3A41.

Sessions 2 and 3 will focus on nuclear safety and increased plutonium pit production activities at the Plutonium Facility.  Session 2 will run from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and focus on expanded pit production, the repackaging of large quantities of heat-source plutonium, and other possible nuclear missions.

Session 3 will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and focus on improving essential safety systems.  Among other topics, the Board will hear about improvements planned for and about plans for safety management programs to support expanded plutonium pit production.  See January 29, 2016 DNFSB Staff Issue Report about Seismic Qualification of Fire Suppression System at the Plutonium Facility, LANL at https://www.dnfsb.gov/documents/reports?f%5B0%5D=field_document_type%3A41

Finally, Session 4, from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m., will be for public comments and a wrap-up.  If you are interested in making public comments you are encouraged to pre-register.  Details are available at https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/november-16-2022-public-hearing

Joni Arends, of CCNS, requests that you support this work to educate the public about the proposed and ongoing vast expansion of LANL whose safety concerns will be central to the public hearing.  http://nuclearactive.org/


  1. Friday, November 4th from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi and others. Join us about next steps toward nuclear disarmament.

 

  1. Wednesday, November 9th from 2 to 4 pm MT – In-person and virtual community meeting on monitoring LANL stormwater runoff under the renewed permit issued by EPA. Presentations will cover monitoring stormwater in fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022) and updates from Communities for Clean Water (CCW).   Public comments and questions are invited.  https://n3b-la.com/outreach/ and  https://n3b-la.com/individual-permit-public-meeting-november-9-2022/

 

In-person: Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, N.M.

Virtual: via Webex platform

Link:  https://n3b-la.webex.com/n3b-la/j.php?MTID=m00cf1869913a57581d23473f123e8851

Meeting number (access code): 2769 085 4353

Meeting password: JMyXJvp5v28

Or

Join by phone: 1-415-527-5035

Meeting number (access code): 2769 085 4353

 

  1. Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Living with Wildfire: Share your concerns during a virtual community listening session on managing and protecting our local forest in a warming climate.  Sponsors:  Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners, WildEarth Guardians, and The Forest Advocate.  Host:  Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hansen.  Featured Speaker:  Dominick DellaSala, Conservation Scientist, with Adam Rissien (WildEarth Guardians Rewilding Manager) and Sarah Hyden (The Forest Advocate).   

 

To join the meeting:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85286994969?pwd=NVpVK2U2UTlLNlJndlJtTTRzTHRSZz09#success

 

  1. Monday, November 14th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm MT – virtual training for LANL’s Electronic Public Reading Room (EPRR). https://permalink.lanl.gov/object/tr?what=info:lanl-repo/lareport/LA-UR-22-30217  The EPRR is an information repository for administrative and environmental information and correspondence as required by Section 1.10 of the 2010 NM Environment Department Hazardous Waste Facility Permit for LANL.  The EPRR is available at https://eprr.lanl.gov/

 

When it is time to join the meeting: 
WebEx Link: https://lanl‐us.webex.com/lanl‐us/j.php?MTID=m8a5939de8afadbcbb5a5bedeb3c8c4d5
Meeting No.: 2463 136 2821
Video address: 24631362821@lanl‐us.webex.com
PIN: EPRR‐Train
Call In No.: 1‐415‐655‐0002
Call Access No.: 2463 136 2821 then press # to confirm and enter the meeting

 

CCNS and HOPE Request the Water Quality Control Commission to Lift its Stay on Review of Groundwater Discharge Permit DP-1132 for LANL

On May 5, 2022, the New Mexico Environment Department issued discharge permit DP-1132 under the New Mexico Water Quality Act for the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  The RLWTF manages hazardous waste and the Water Quality Act is expressly limited so that it does not apply to a hazardous waste facility.  Nevertheless, the Environment Department issued LANL a Water Quality Act permit for the RLWTF.

On June 6th non-governmental organizations, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) and Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE), filed a Petition for Review of DP-1132 with the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission.  https://www.env.nm.gov/opf/docketed-matters/ , click on Water Quality Control Commission, scroll down to Case No. WQCC 22-21 Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Honor Our Pueblo Existence’s Petition for Review of NMED Ground Water Discharge Permit DP-1132. 

CCNS and HOPE asked for the Commission to review DP-1132 because the RLWTF handles, treats and stores hazardous waste.  All hazardous waste facilities in New Mexico are regulated by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as implemented by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act.

RCRA regulations protect human health and the environment much more thoroughly than the Water Quality Act does.  LANL plans to use the RLWTF to receive and treat radioactive and hazardous liquid waste from plutonium pit production, using tanks, pipes, containers, and evaporative disposal methods.  With such dangerous wastes, it is essential to follow rigorous RCRA requirements for tanks systems and to assess seismic vulnerability since LANL is in the Pajarito Fault Zone.

CCNS and HOPE argued to the Water Quality Control Commission that the permit must be reversed and remanded to the Environment Department because the Water Quality Act expressly does not apply to a hazardous waste facility.  § 74-6-12.B NMSA 1978.  It states:

Limitations:

B. The Water Quality Act does not apply to any activity or condition subject to the authority of the environmental improvement board pursuant to the Hazardous Waste Act [Chapter 74, Article 4 NMSA 1978], . . . except to abate water pollution or to control the disposal or use of septage and sludge.

The Commission did not rule on the CCNS and HOPE request.  Instead, on August 30, 2022, at the request of Triad National Security, LLC, the principal LANL contractor, and the Environment Department, the Commission stayed the permit review of DP-1132.  That means that the appeal is suspended.  The Commission’s stay, in effect, suspends the operation of the hazardous waste laws for the RLWTF.  However, the Commission left the Water Quality Act permit in effect during the stay.

LANL is clearly planning to obtain a long-term RCRA exemption from RCRA for the RLWTF.  Based on public hearings in 2010, Section 4.6 of the RCRA hazardous waste permit for LANL requires it to discharge all treated wastewater from the RLWTF through its outfall 051 into Mortandad Canyon.  It says that, if another method of wastewater disposal is used, an exemption from RCRA for the RLWTF will be lost.

New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Permit Condition 4.6 for LANL  

 4.6  TA-50 RADIOACTIVE LIQUID WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY

The Permittees shall discharge all treated wastewater from the TA-50 Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF) through the outfall permitted under Section 402 of the federal Clean Water Act, or as otherwise authorized by the terms of an applicable Clean Water Act permit that regulates the treatment and use of wastewater. If the Permittees intentionally discharge through a location other than the permitted outfall or as otherwise authorized, they will fail to comply with this requirement, and as a consequence the wastewater treatment unit exemption under 40 CFR § 264.1(g)(6) will no longer apply to the RLWTF. The Permittees shall not accept listed hazardous wastes as specified at 40 CFR Part 261 Subpart D at the RLWTF.

https://www.env.nm.gov/hazardous-waste/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2021/10/HWB-LANL-Permit-Parts-1-11_-October-2021.pdf

Since November 2010, LANL has used the mechanical evaporator system almost exclusively to dispose of wastewater.  In this situation, Hazardous Waste Permit Condition 4.6 would require the RLWTF to be regulated by the hazardous waste laws.  CCNS and HOPE intend to make sure that happens.

Lindsay A. Lovejoy, Jr. represents CCNS and HOPE before the Commission.  http://lindsaylovejoy.com/

Joni Arends, of CCNS, requests your support to ensure proper regulation of the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at LANL.  To make a financial contribution, please visit our website at http://nuclearactive.org/


  1. Thursday, October 27, 2022 – Biden Administration releases Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The NPR is a subset of the National Defense Strategy and begins on p. 33 of the pdf.  https://media.defense.gov/2022/Oct/27/2003103845/-1/-1/1/2022-NATIONAL-DEFENSE-STRATEGY-NPR-MDR.PDF

 

 

  1. Friday, October 28th from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Pax Christi and others. Join us about next steps toward nuclear disarmament.

 

 

  1. Friday, October 28th at 8 am MT through Friday, November 4thviewing of virtual ceremony for the 14th anniversary of the Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance. Every October, the Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance™ (NDR) honors the men and women working in the U.S. nuclear weapon and uranium industries and recognizes those who are no longer with us. Often working in secrecy, these patriots have been instrumental in the protection of our nation — from WWII to today.  To register:  https://coldwarpatriots.org/about-us/national-day-remembrance-2022/

 

 

  1. Wednesday, November 2nd, in person and virtual Kirtland Bulk Fuels Facility Public Meeting at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE from 6 to 8 pm. Learn about the cleanup work performed and future plans to address and remove groundwater contamination at the site.  For additional information, contact Ashley Palacios, 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at (505) 846-5991 or email at PA@us.af.mil  Virtual meeting link:  https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1615382169?pwd=djB1L0dsdGdTYXdPSGkwNFJ6VktQUT09

 

 

5. Thursday, November 3rd at noon to 1 pm MT – virtual Nuclear Regulatory Commission webinar about the status of the NRC staff’s review of the proposed Holtec HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) license application.  NRC staff will discuss a proposed schedule for issuing its final licensing decision.  Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, November 2nd by contacting:  NRC Contact Person:  Jose Cuadrado, (301) 415-0606, or jose.cuadrado@nrc.gov.  For more information and links:  https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20221104

 

WIPP Community Forum on Monday, October 24th at 5:30 pm at Buffalo Thunder

It is essential for folks to attend – either virtually or in person – the WIPP Community Forum on Monday, October 24th, beginning at 5:30 pm at Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino.  https://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipp_news_20221014.asp

The Department of Energy (DOE), which owns both Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has plans to greatly expand both facilities.  At LANL, DOE plans to increase the number of plutonium pits, or the triggers, for nuclear weapons from very few to 30 a year.  At WIPP, DOE plans to double the size of the underground waste disposal site 26 miles east of Carlsbad. It is essential we raise our voices now in opposition to DOE’s plans that would impact our communities for decades to come.  DOE has promised that at the October 24th event people will be able to make comments and ask questions to be answered at the meeting.

 

To register for the Community Forum, go to https://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipp_news_20221014.asp.  Despite numerous requests for DOE to fix the registration links, they may not work.  If they don’t, please cut and paste the link into your browser….

Virtual Event:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvdOyprzgsGt3ExI8dGdG1S5_avon4_4Pd#/registration

In-Person Event:  https://form.jotform.com/222836798629172

Please note:  Despite numerous requests for representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) attend the Community Forum to answer questions, WIPP stated in its announcements:

Please remember that CBFO/NWP can only answer questions within WIPP’s purview.  Questions about surplus plutonium shipments, for example, must be directed to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

 

A WIPP truck, with empty TRUPACTs on the trailer, will be parked outside the Buffalo Thunder facility for viewing.

WIPP hosted an event on July 7th at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  People wrote their questions on index cards.  http://nuclearactive.org/wipp-to-stay-open-forever-speak-up-at-the-july-7th-wipp-community-forum/ and https://losalamosreporter.com/2022/07/10/wipp-officials-hold-information-meeting-in-santa-fe-knerr-chats-with-los-alamos-reporter/

WIPP promised to post the answers on WIPP’s website, but it took more than three months for DOE to post 46 pages of responses. Clearly, there is a lot of public interest in WIPP’s expansion plans.  https://wipp.energy.gov/Library/documents/2022/WIPP_Community_Forum_Q&A_7-7-22.pdf

Questions were asked about the intersectionality of expanded pit production at LANL, the resulting increase in the amount of plutonium-contaminated waste destined for WIPP, and increased transportation of that waste through New Mexico communities already stressed by other environmental threats.  https://stopforeverwipp.org/wipp-expansion

CCNS is concerned that there may not be enough room in WIPP for the buried legacy waste at LANL, estimated to be 200,000 cubic yards.  WIPP is for legacy waste generated prior to 1999. 

DOE already has agreements with other states that ship legacy waste to WIPP.  For example, the agreement with Idaho requires 55 percent of the shipments be from that state.  South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington also have expectations for reserving space at WIPP.  It is unclear how the LANL legacy waste fits into DOE’s space allocations.

But here’s the rub:  Since January 2021, the DOE has been shipping drums of legacy waste and drums of newly generated waste from pit production to WIPP.  https://n3b-la.com/n3b-and-triad-cooperate-to-ship-radioactive-waste-to-wipp/

Is the priority to get the legacy waste that is threatening the regional drinking water aquifer “off the hill,” or to support plutonium pit production?

Please make time to express your concerns either in person or virtually at the WIPP Community Forum.    Register here:  https://wipp.energy.gov/wipp_news_20221014.asp


  1. Friday, October 21st from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe. Join us to discuss next steps toward nuclear disarmament.

 

 

  1. Saturday, October 22nd at 11 am Mountain – Annual White Mesa Ute Community Spiritual Walk & Protest: Protecting Our Communities, Health, Environment & Indigenous Sacred Landscapes.  The 11 am rally will be followed by the spiritual and protest walk to the White Mesa uranium mill.  https://protectwhitemesa.org/

 

 

  1. Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm., virtual and in-person LANL Environmental Management Cleanup Forum at Fuller Lodge, 2131 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM. The focus will be on the cleanup activities for the 158 corrugated metal pipes at Area G.  The powerpoint presentation is available at:  https://n3b-la.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/EMCF-CMP-10.26.22-FINAL.pdf   To view the agenda and connection information, go to https://n3b-la.com/environmental-management-cleanup-forum-october-26-2022/

 

 

  1. Friday, October 28th at 8 am MT through Friday, November 4thviewing of virtual ceremony for the 14th anniversary of the Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance. Every October, the Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance™ (NDR) honors the men and women working in the U.S. nuclear weapon and uranium industries and recognizes those who are no longer with us. Often working in secrecy, these patriots have been instrumental in the protection of our nation — from WWII to today.  To register:  https://coldwarpatriots.org/about-us/national-day-remembrance-2022/
 

LANL SWEIS Scoping Comments due on Tuesday, October 18th

It’s time again to submit comments about what the scope of a new Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Los Alamos National Laboratory should be as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/08/19/2022-17901/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-a-site-wide-environmental-impact-statement-for-continued-operation-of  Comments are due on Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 by 11:59 pm Mountain Time to LANLSWEIS@nnsa.doe.gov .

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has prepared sample scoping comments that you can use to create your own.  The comments focus on DOE’s plans to expand the fabrication of plutonium pits, or the triggers, for nuclear weapons and the impacts of such expansion to workers, public health, equity and the environment.  They are available at https://nukewatch.org/ .

The Department of Energy (DOE) states that the purpose of its latest SWEIS “is to provide the public with an analysis of the potential environmental impacts from ongoing and reasonably foreseeable new and modified operations and facilities, and reasonable alternatives, to provide a basis for site-wide decision making and to improve and coordinate agency plans, functions, programs, and resource utilization.”  See August 19, 2022 Federal Register notice, p. 51084.  Given the broad analyses, it is important for the public to participate in this process.

This will be the fourth SWEIS the DOE has completed since the first in 1979, the second in 1999, and the third in 2008.  But there have been gaps in DOE’s analyses over the decades.  For this SWEIS, DOE has stated the scope would cover the “foreseeable future” over approximately 15-years, or to 2038 or so.  See August 19, 2022 Federal Register Notice, p. 51084.

The 1999 LANL SWEIS considered the “foreseeable future” as a 10-year period of time.  But in the final 2008 SWEIS, DOE’s “foreseeable future” was cut in half.  DOE stated that the 2008 SWEIS would consider “proposals regarding LANL operations over about the next [five] years.”  Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, Summary, DOE/EIS-0380, May 2008, p. S-5 (p. 21 of pdf).

That five-year period expired in roughly 2013, or roughly a decade ago.  This is important because over the past decade DOE has been working to expand the number of plutonium pits fabricated annually – without proper NEPA analyses.

Importantly, following the issuance of the final 2008 LANL SWEIS, DOE determined it could fabricate 20 pits per year.  But in 2020 DOE gave itself permission to fabricate 50 percent more pits per year, or 30 pits per year.  https://www.energy.gov/nepa/downloads/doeeis-0380-amended-record-decision

What does this mean to you?  In the foreseeable future, LANL will use 50% more water, generate 50% more waste, and due to increased hiring have 50% more impact on communities – meaning more traffic, more apartments and crowded classrooms – all without proper NEPA analyses.


  1. Friday, October 7th from noon to 1 pm – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe. Join us to discuss next steps toward nuclear disarmament – see below for the October 14th Defuse Nuclear War Picket at the Santa Fe Main Post Office.

 

 

  1. Friday, October 14th at noon – Join the Defuse Nuclear War peaceful protest outside of the Santa Fe Main Post Office, 120 S. Federal Place. Organized by Veterans for Peace, CCNS and Nuclear Watch NM.  For more information:  https://defusenuclearwar.org/  You can print out signs from the website.    

 

 

  1. POSTPONED to December – Tuesday, October 18th from 3 to 5 pm – virtual public meeting of the Radioactive Waste Consultation Task Force, also known as the Governor’s WIPP Task Force.

 

 

  1. Tuesday, October 18th Scoping Comments due to DOE/NNSA/LANL about the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operations of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room and http://nuclearactive.org/lanl-grants-a-whopping-15-day-extension-of-time-until-october-18th-to-provide-scoping-comments/   Sample public comments you can modify will be available at http://nuclearactive.org/

 

 

  1. Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 to 7 pm – 35th Anniversary Celebration of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center at the Albuquerque office, 722 Isleta Blvd. SW. Join the celebration with delicious food and live music by Los Domingueros, New Mexico’s premier menudo-based band.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1269371930503628?ref=newsfeed

 

 

  1. Saturday, October 22nd at 11 am Mountain – White Mesa Ute Community Spiritual Walk & Protest: Protecting Our Communities, Health, Environment & Indigenous Sacred Landscapes.  The 11 am rally will be followed by the spiritual and protest walk to the White Mesa uranium mill.  https://protectwhitemesa.org/

 

 

  1. Monday, October 24th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino – in person and virtual WIPP Community Forum & Open House. There will be a short presentation and an extended Q&A period with this caveat:  “Please remember that CBFO/NWP can only answer questions within WIPP’s purview.  Questions about surplus plutonium shipments, for example, must be directed to the National Nuclear Security Administration.”

 

A WIPP truck, with empty TRUPACTs, will be parked outside for viewing.

Register For In-Person Event:
bit.ly/WIPP-OCT2022

Register For Virtual Event:
bit.ly/WIPP-virtual