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

The Coal Cycle in Northwest New Mexico

The San Juan River Basin provides the majority of drinking water for the surrounding area. 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 … Continue reading

Nuclear Cycle Contamination in New Mexico

New Mexico has a unique combination of many aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to uranium enrichment for nuclear power; weapons manufacturing to weapons testing; deconversion and testing of depleted uranium; storage and disposal of nuclear waste; and finally nuclear and chemical contamination of the water, air, land and people. Continue reading

Oil & Gas Contamination in New Mexico

Oil and Gas Industrial Contamination New Mexico ranks second in natural gas production and fifth in oil production within the U.S. During 2001, 69.9 million barrels of oil and 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas were produced. There are 57 … Continue reading

Uranium Mining & Milling in Western New Mexico

Uranium Mining & Milling Regional aquifers, springs and small rivers provide water for this area. Groundwater and soil in the Churchrock area are threatened and contaminated. More uranium mining is being proposed in the Grants uranium-mining belt. Some of the corporations proposing new uranium … Continue reading