Trinity Nuclear Weapons Test Site

Trinity Site Department of Defense Facility  On July 16, 1945, the first plutonium-based atomic device was detonated at Trinity site in southern New Mexico.  Dubbed The Gadget, it was created at LANL and contained 13.2 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium-239.  Only 2.6 … Continue reading

WIPP, URENCO and Waste Control Specialists

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) – Nuclear Weapons Waste Disposal Department of Energy Facility Operated by Washington TRU Solutions LLC (WTS), a partnership between Washington Government Environmental Services Company and Weston Solutions. WIPP is the world’s first nuclear waste repository … Continue reading

Sandia National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) DOE Facility operated by Lockheed Martin 1.5 million cubic feet of radioactive and hazardous wastes, including americium-241 and plutonium-238 and 239, are buried in unlined pits and trenches at the SNL Mixed Waste Landfill dump. Cancer-causing radionuclides, … Continue reading

Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) – Nuclear Weapons Storage Albuquerque, New Mexico Department of Defense (DOD) Facility Aquifers and the Rio Grande Basin provide drinking water for Central New Mexico. KAFB has also contaminated Albuquerque’s drinking water aquifer with 8 … Continue reading

Raton Power Plant and the Coal Cycle

The Coal Cycle in Northeast New Mexico Surface water and groundwater are contaminated during the extraction of coal, its subsequent preparation and the disposal of mine waste, if no mitigating measures are used. In New Mexico many sites have been abandoned without adequate reclamation. … Continue reading

LANL & Other North Central New Mexico Facilities

Nuclear weapons manufacturing, waste storage and disposal at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as well as descriptions of the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires that burned parts of the Lab are described. Additional information on superfund sites including the Questa Mine, is also included. Continue reading