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, solvents, and heavy metals from these wastes threaten drinking water, air, and soil. No effective monitoring is in place.
Sandia’s annular core research reactor has no peripheral containment structure to protect the public from radiation due to an explosion that could be caused by equipment failure, an earthquake, or an airplane crash, according to the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board. The reactor is located within the take-off and landing pattern used by both Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and the Albuquerque Sunport.
SNL continues to burn toxic waste openly in Albuquerque’s air. Its past open-air detonation and burning of rocket motors at KAFB caused perchlorate contamination of Albuquerque’s aquifer. Perchlorate damages children’s neurological development, retards their intelligence, and creates hormonal imbalance.
PERMITS FOR SNL
NMED Hazardous Waste Facility
NGOs WORKING ON SNL ISSUES:
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
Citizen Action New Mexico
Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping
Southwest Research and Information Center
Stop the War Machine