EPA & NMED Come to Settlement Agreement

EPA Reaches Informal Resolution of a Fifteen-Year-Old Civil Rights Complaint Against the New Mexico Environment Department EPA-NMED Civil Rights Settlement Agreement Fifteen years ago, three grassroots environmental groups and two individuals lodged a civil rights complaint against the New Mexico … Continue reading

Thirteen Years & Counting: Southeast New Mexico, Civil Rights and the EPA

Environmental Justice Denied The Center for Public Integrity has written a series of articles on the problems with EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). When civil rights complaints are filed with OCR about environmental discrimination, they are supposed to investigate every complaint … Continue reading

Legacy of Death from Building the Bomb

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for CommonDreams New investigative reporting from McClatchy has exposed the hidden legacy—and “enormous human cost”—of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, providing “an unprecedented glimpse of the costs … Continue reading

Inside America’s Atomic State

Residents of new Mexico reflect on the toxic legacy of life at the center of the US nuclear complex by Samuel Gilbert/Al Jazeera Seventy years ago last August, a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay released its 4,000kg load over … Continue reading

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Energy Fuels’ Roca Honda Mine Project

Energy Fuels and Sumitomo of Japan have launched a joint venture to mine uranium on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Diné and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site. The Roca Honda Mine would be located in … 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

Communities for Clean Water Conference Videos

The videos of the Communities for Clean Water Conference “Weaving Our Río Grande Communities Together” that took place on July 26 & 27, 2012 are available at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weavingcommunities. Groundwater Flows from Area G to the Buckman Projects If you have … 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

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