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Council: Study impact of pit facility

November 11, 2010

The Santa Fe city Council joined other voices asking the United States Department of Energy to conduct a new environmental impact statement for a chemistry and metallurgy research replacement nuclear facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Councilors unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday night to notify federal officials of their desire to have opportunity for comment on alternatives and potential environmental impacts of the proposed large-scale production facility for plutonium warhead cores. In 2003, the City Council formally objected to a proposal for a smaller version of a similar facility. Federal officials estimate the current proposal will cost $5 billion and be completed about 10 years from now.

The Santa Fe County Commission is scheduled to consider a similar resolution during its meeting on November 30.

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