Living with the Homestake Uranium Tailings Pile

The Homestake-Barrick Gold 90-foot tailing pile looms over some 75 households. It is composed of two unlined piles holding about 22 million tons of processed uranium ore and covers 255 acres. These households are stuck with homes they can’t sell … Continue reading

Nuclear Free Zone Declaration for NW New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE DECLARATION for the Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt Uranium mining and milling activities in the Grants Uranium Belt of New Mexico form a critical link in the nuclear fuel chain that supplies nuclear power plants and nuclear … Continue reading

LANL 6 Trial

The trial in Los Alamos of the LANL 6 was concluded in one long session from 9AM to about 1:30 PM Wednesday the 9th. Judge Alan Kirk and the Los Alamos County Prosecutor, Mr. Salazar, did not interrupt the individual … Continue reading

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

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