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
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
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- 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
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- 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
- 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
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- 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
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