NMED Secretary Calls for LANL Cleanup Funds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Environment Secretary David Martin and a delegation of New Mexico leaders were in Washington this week pushing for more money to cleanup toxic waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Martin says the delegation stressed the need for more federal funding to ensure the lab can meet its promise to remove thousands of barrels of radioactive waste that is stored above ground on lab property by 2014. The potential dangers of the waste made national headlines last summer when the Las Conchas fire raged near the lab.

Martin and the newly formed Regional Coalition of LANL Communities met with the New Mexico congressional delegation, National Nuclear Security Administrator Tom D’Agostino and others on Monday and Tuesday.

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