Downwinders Interviews: Al Maxwell, Jackie Maxwell and their Daughter Robin

A story within a story, the saga of Al and Jackie Maxwell and their six children is transitional between the experiences of the atomic veterans and those of the downwinders. During World War II, Al Maxwell was a prisoner of … Continue reading

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

Uranium Project Proposed near Church Rock

Uranium Fracking? Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are conducting an environmental review of a proposed uranium project in western New Mexico. Commission staff began their three-day visit Tuesday. They’re reviewing plans related to a proposal by Hydro Resources Inc. to … Continue reading

Southeast New Mexico’s Nuclear Corridor

John Heaton, a former New Mexico state representative, made a presentation entitled SE NM’s Nuclear Corridor: Now and Future on June 12th, 2012 to the NRC’s Fuel Cycle Information Exchange (FCIX). During the presentation he discussed sites in the “corridor” (WIPP, URENCO and … 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

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

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

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