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No additional money will guarantee 80 pits per year according to the Nuclear Weapons Council
Recently released Biden Administration budget documents reveal that for Fiscal Year 2023, beginning on October 1st, the Administration is proposing a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) budget of $4.6 billion, an overall increase o 21 percent.
May 12, 2022
Cerro Pelado Fire and Los Alamos National Laboratory
As of Wednesday evening May 4th, the Cerro Pelado wildland fire was about five miles from the "back gate" of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
May 05, 2022
DOE Fails to Bring LANL's Plutonium Facility Ventilation System into Legal Compliance
Nearly 30 years ago, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board began communications with the DOE about ventilation systems in nuclear facilities, saying that they must contain or confine radioactive materials during an accident or seismic event that might be followed by a fire. 
April 28, 2022
Proposed Funding Increases for DOE Operations in New Mexico
Exploding Biden Administration budgets for the three Department of Energy (DOE) sites in New Mexico fully support the dangerous trend to develop more provocative nuclear weapons. 
April 21, 2022
Another Leaking Container at WIPP
Eight years after the 2014 explosion of one or more waste containers disposed in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground, on Saturday, April 9 th , WIPP announced that one or more waste containers had leaked radioactive liquids while being unloaded from a TRUPACT-II shipping container in the Waste Handling Building.
April 14, 2022
Action Steps for the Planetary Nuclear Wake-Up Call
Last week we quoted Cynthia Lazaroff about the nuclear dangers in Ukraine and her call to come forward that "Our work is more important now that ever." This week we quote the call to come forward from Ralph Hutchison, Coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, to all those working for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, that this is our time.
April 07, 2022
War in Ukraine Creates a Planetary Nuclear Wake-Up Call
This week the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation held a virtual presentation by Cynthia Lazaroff and Richard Falk about the nuclear dangers in Ukraine.
March 31, 2022
Nuclear Watch New Mexico Settlement Moves Cleanup at LANL Forward
This week Nuclear Watch New Mexico announced the successful settlement of its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) about its slow cleanup of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
March 24, 2022
Celebrate the Bob Alvarez Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, March 19th
Please join the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service to acknowledge Robert Alvarez, one of the bedrock founders of the national movement to unmask the human and environmental carnage that resulted directly from the U.S. effort to create a massive nuclear arsenal. The live virtual event runs from 1 to 2:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time this Saturday March 19th.
March 17, 2022
Victories for Clean Water in New Mexico
Last week, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission met to deliberate and make final decisions about the state's Surface Water Quality Standards.
March 10, 2022
Why You Should Care about the Expanding WIPP Mission
Excerpts from Cindy Wheeler's speech during the March 1,2022 press conference at the New Mexico Capitol explains why you should care about the expanding mission for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. 
March 03, 2022
Immediate Public Comments Needed about Two Proposed Beryllium Lathes at LANL
If you are concerned about proposed expansion of beryllium machining operations at LANL, now is the time to express your interest to the New Mexico Environment Depart Air Quality Bureau! Find sample public comment letter on our website
February 24, 2022
New Mexico Environment Department Permits More Expansion of WIPP Underground
Despite receiving comments from 19 non-governmental and business organizations representing tens of thousands of New Mexicans, the New Mexico Environment Department has permitted the use of the underground disposal Panel 8 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) with 16-foot high ceilings.
February 18, 2022
Confusion Reigns over Draft Discharge Permit for LANL’s Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility
This week Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) asked the New Mexico Environment Department to withdraw its draft groundwater permit DP-1132 for the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) because of the confusing, incomplete and defective documents released for public review and comment.
February 10, 2022
LANL's Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility Needs Proper Regulation Now
The NMED is again trying to skirt proper regulation of the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at LANL as required by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act.
February 03, 2022
Triad Wants DOE to Accept Increased Risk from Plutonium-238 Stored in Uncertified Containers at LANL
The independent Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recently reported that Triad National Security LLC, the nuclear weapons contractor at LANL, wants the DOE to accept the risk of bringing large shipments of plutonium-238 in uncertified containers for repackaging in the Plutonium Facility.
January 27, 2022
Celebration in Los Alamos on First Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Saturday January 22, 2022, marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Join us for a wonderful event from 1 to 3pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
January 20, 2022
Pastoral Letter from Santa Fe's Archbishop: Living in the Light of Christ's Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament.
January 11th, Archbishop of Santa Fe John C Wester released his historic pastoral letter Living in the Light of Christ's Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament. 
January 12, 2022
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. on the First Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Saturday January 22nd from 1 - 3 PM at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos join CCNS, Veterans for Peace, Nuclear Watch New Mexico and others for a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the first anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Visit Nuclear Ban Treaty Days of Action facebook Page for information. ( ) For information on Dr. King and the Treaty visit Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. ( )
January 06, 2022
January 6th Environment Dept. Virtual Meeting for LANL Consent Order
The New Year will begin with the NM Environment Department's virtual public meeting about the annual cleanup plan for legacy waste at LANL.
December 29, 2021
Will Construction be Delayed on the New Shaft at WIPP?
Two appeals have been filed in the NM Court of Appeals to challenge the decision by NM Environment Dept. Secretary James Kenney to approve the new shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
December 22, 2021
Santa Fe Archbishop to Hold an Unveiling and Blessing of a Sign of Peace December 19th
At 1:00p.m. Mountain Time Sunday December 19th, the Archbishop of Santa Fe, John C Wester, will hold an Unveiling and Blessing of a Sign of Peace at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
December 16, 2021
RECA Amendments Pass House Judiciary Committee 25 to 8 Dec 9
In a stunning bipartisan vote, this week the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021 on a vote of 25 to 8.
December 13, 2021
A Third Attempt at Consent-Based Siting for High-Level Radioactive Waste
Tuesday November 30th, the DOE held a press conference to announce a third attempt to find communities, sovereign tribal nations, or local or state governments to host an interim federal storage facility for high-level radioactive waste from commercial nuclear reactors.
December 02, 2021
Public Comments Needed for Public Hearing on WIPP Panel 8
DOE has raised the height of the underground waste disposal Panel 8 from 13 feet to 16 feet in violation of the Permit.
November 23, 2021
Appeal Filed Against NMED Approval of the New Shaft at WIPP
On October 27th, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney granted the DOE and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, the latest approval requested to expand WIPP.
November 18, 2021
N3B Puts Profits before the Public's Concerns about Permit Renewal at LANL
The public learned this week that DOE asked the LANL cleanup contractor, N3B, to request that the NM Environment Department move 19 hazardous wast sites from one part of the hazardous waste permit to another.
November 11, 2021
COP26 and Nuclear Power: Direct Support for Nuclear Weapons
Our colleague, Linda Pentz Gunter, has written a brilliant piece about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
November 03, 2021
DOE's Santa Came Early: NMED Approves FOREVER WIPP
NMED granted the Department of Energy approval to excavate and use new Shaft No. 5 and its associated drifts in the WIPP Underground. Essentially ensuring Forever WIPP.
October 28, 2021
WIPP Shipments Stopped Due to Maintenance Problems at Site
Due to on-going maintenance problems in the underground disposal facility, WIPP requested an extension of time from NMED to store waste in the Waste Handling Building.
October 21, 2021
Santa Fe County Nuclear Waste Emergency Response Town Hall Tuesday October 19th
In response to community concerns about the proposed increased shipments of more dangerous forms of plutonium along New Mexico State Road 599, Santa Fe County District 2 Commissioner Anna Hansen will host a Nuclear Waste Emergency Response Town Hall Tuesday October 19th from 6 - 7:30 PM.
October 14, 2021
New Mexico Governor's WIPP Task Force Holds Meeting
For the first time in 3 years, the New Mexico Governor's WIPP Task Force met October 6th. WIPP = Waste Isolation Pilot Plant DOE = Department of Energy NAS = National Academies of Science GAO = Government Accountability Office
October 07, 2021
WIPP Expansion Continues; Public Comments on Proposed Panels 11 and 12 Due Monday, October 4th
When will the New Mexico Environment Department acknowledge the DOE's proposals for WIPP as expansion?
September 29, 2021
Now Before Congress: Bills to Extend and Expand RECA to Trinity Downwinders and Post '71 Uranium Workers
A deadline of July 10th, 2022 is looming for continuing the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and associated programs.
September 23, 2021
Texas Bans High Level Nuclear Waste Storage; NRC Approves Radioactive Waste Dump There
In a rare bi-partisan effort, the Texas legislature passed a nearly unanimous bill prohibiting the future storage or disposal of high-level radioactive waste, however, the NRC licensed construction and operation of a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Andrews County, Texas.
September 16, 2021
DOE's Latest Plan for Expanding WIPP-Three New Drifts and Two New Waste Disposal Panels
DOE's plan to expand WIPP without public comment underway.
September 09, 2021
Public Hearing for Groundwater Discharge Permit at WIPP Begins Tuesday September 7th
Beginning at noon on Tuesday September 7th, the New Mexico Environment Department will hold a virtual public hearing for a groundwater discharge permit for WIPP.
September 02, 2021
Another Example of NMED's Staff Support of WIPP Expansion
NMED is holding a virtual public hearing for a groundwater discharge permit that would allow the construction and use of a Salt Cell 5 and Salt Storage Pond 5, It is scheduled for Tuesday September 7th at noon.
August 26, 2021
DOE Continues Its Push for WIPP Expansion
Publicly denying plans to double the size of WIPP, the DOE continues to ask for a new "west wing"
August 19, 2021
Northern New Mexico Activists Hold Events Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On August 6th and 9th, 1945 the U.S. Government dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Commemoration events were held in Los Alamos and Taos. To listen to the panel discussion, courtesy of KCEI-FM go to -
August 12, 2021
DOE's Planned Expansion Could Mean that "It ain't your Daddy's WIPP anymore"
Over 60 people attended a town hall to learn about Santa Fe County's emergency preparedness and response capabilities. 
August 05, 2021
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration Events in Los Alamos and Taos August 7th and 8th
Near the end of WWII on August 6th, the U.S. Government dropped a uranium atomic bomb on Hiroshima and 3 days later on August 9th dropped a plutonium atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
July 29, 2021
Environment Department Ignores Sandia's Plan to Excavate the Mixed Waste Landfill
Even though Sandia National Laboratory stated it could completely excavate the Mixed Waste Landfill, NMED replied sampling and monitoring would be sufficient to address potential risks.
July 22, 2021
This Weekend We Remember the Trinity Downwinders - Events in Tularosa and Mescalero
Three events are scheduled to commemorate the long-lasting harm done by the first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site in south central New Mexico on July 16th, 1945.
July 15, 2021
Virtual Public Hearing about New Mexico's Water Quality Standards Begins on Tuesday July 13th
If you live near or recreate on a New Mexico river, stream, or lake or irrigate from one, water quality should be a concern. Participate in the Public Hearing!
July 08, 2021
NGOs Sue DOE for Plutonium Pit Production Programmatic EIS
How many times do non-governmental organizations need to ask for the DOE and the NNSA to follow the law before they file a lawsuit, six!
July 01, 2021
New Mexico Governor Petitions EPA to List PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Waste
New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham petitions EPA to safeguard water in state from toxic chemicals.
June 24, 2021
Biden-Putin Geneva Summit and Future Arms Control Dialogue
The presidents of the United States and Russia met and discussed a number of matters including "Strategic Stability."
June 17, 2021
Clean Water Act Action Needed on Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Persistent Toxic Pollutants
The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission will take up important regulatory water issues soon.
June 10, 2021
What Does DOE's Nuclear Weapons Budget Request Say?
The DOE released its Fiscal Year 2022 congressional budget request for nuclear weapons activities this past Friday.
June 03, 2021
Next Steps Following Public Hearing on New Shaft for WIPP Expansion
The Virtual Public hearings on the new shaft at WIPP ended last week. Here is a possible timeline.
May 27, 2021
Topics Limited during the Virtual Public Hearing for WIPP Expansion
Legal maneuvering by the New Mexico Environment Department and the Department of Energy (DOE), and decisions made by the Hearing Officer, have limited the scope of the virtual public hearing about whether the plan to dig a new $197 million shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) will be approved. The hearing Clerk's email address:
May 20, 2021
Many ways to comment during Public Hearing about Proposed WIPP Expansion
Monday May 17th begins a 5 day virtual public hearing by the Hazardous Waste Bureau. Plan to be a part of the event!
May 13, 2021
No DOE Employee testifying at Permit hearing about proposed WIPP expansion
No DOE employee will testify about the purpose and need for construction of a fifth shaft into the underground mine at WIPP.
May 06, 2021
This is what happens whe DOE gets in a hurry.
When DOE (Department of Energy) gets in a hurry to ship plutonium-contaminated waste, bad things happen.
April 29, 2021
Three Fabulous Free Virtual Public Education Events
Celebrating Earth Day and the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, with 3 events.
April 22, 2021
Incomplete Draft Permit Supporting WIPP Expansion Subject to a Public Hearing
Why is the Hazardous Waste Bureau processing an incomplete permit modification for WIPP?
April 14, 2021
LANL Sparking Drum Causes Suspension of Radioactive Waste Shipments to WIPP
A 55-gallon drum of plutonium-contaminated waste had sparks visible and caused an evacuation at LANL! 
April 08, 2021
New Mexico Files Suit to Halt Two Proposed High-Level Nuclear Wast Storage Facilities
Long term waste storage licenses asked to be halted by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas.
April 01, 2021
Public Comments to EPA about LANL Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit
The EPA plans to renew the Clean Water Act permit for LANL, why?
March 25, 2021
Santa Fe City Council Committee Considers Leaving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Members of the City of Santa Fe Quality of Life Committee discuss benefits of LANL Regional Communities. Please help support CCNS with an ongoing contribution. Your tax free support ensures our continued coverage of Nuclear Safety issues affecting our community.  Thank you.
March 18, 2021
Los Alamos Proposed Expansion into Santa Fe
A new Plutonium pit for a proposed nuclear warhead would be fabricated at LANL. The W-87-1. Also, proposed expansion of LANL into Santa Fe!
March 11, 2021
New Mexico Environment Dept. Sues DOE
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March 04, 2021
WIPP Radiation Release
Community Groups Oppose Next WIPP Radiation Release Get more information at
December 03, 2020
LANL Must Comply with the Law
Currently LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory is failing to comply with the law. We want to know why. Visit our website to learn more
November 23, 2020
CCNS News on why LANL’s Area G Waste Handling Lacks Proper Safety Documents
LANL stands for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Find more information on our website!
November 20, 2020