NMELC in the News

Release of Radioactive Tritium a Bad Idea

Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. It emits beta radiation, which can be very dangerous if inhaled. Like other forms of ionizing radiation, tritium can cause cancer, genetic mutations and birth defects, and assorted other adverse health effects. So it is...

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Residents Voice Concerns about LANL Releasing Tritium Vapors

Area residents expressed concerns this week about the potential health hazards of releasing radioactive vapors into the atmosphere from four barrels of tritium-laced waste stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Most who spoke during a virtual forum Tuesday hosted...

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Letter to the Editor: EPA enforcement memo creates confusion

By Charles de Saillan in the Santa Fe New Mexican “A ball of confusion,” the Temptations sang in 1970, “that’s what the world is today, hey, hey.” Fifty years later, amid COVID-19, those lyrics ring eerily true. On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency added...

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LANL to Release Radioactive Gas into Atmosphere

“Los Alamos National Laboratory will release radioactive vapors into the atmosphere to ventilate several barrels of tritium-tainted waste generated during the Cold War ... Lab personnel will ventilate one container at a time and filter the released vapors through...

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Radioactive Legacy Haunts Red Water Pond Road Community

RED WATER POND ROAD, N.M. — The village of Red Water Pond Road sits in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation, a tiny speck in a dry valley surrounded by scrub-covered mesas. Many families have lived here for generations. The federal government wants to move them...

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Church Rock, America’s Forgotten Nuclear Disaster

Early in the summer of 1979, Larry King, an underground surveyor at the United Nuclear Corporation's Church Rock Uranium mine in New Mexico, began noticing something unusual when looking at the south side of the tailings dam. That massive earthen wall was responsible...

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Proposed East Mountains Development Loses Water Fight

The Albuquerque Journal covered our victory in the Aquifer Science case. The judge's determination that climate change impacts on future water supplies should have been considered is an important point. Douglas Meikljohn, Executive Director of the Law Center, raised...

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Board Member Harry Browne OpEd on the Gila River

Harry Browne, Grant County Commissioner and Law Center Board member, and Alicia Edwards, also a Grant County Commissioner, wrote an OpEd to the Santa Fe New Mexican that was published on January 30, 2019. "We applaud Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to end the...

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Status Hearing on Agustin Plains Basin Water Battle

El Defensor Chieftain has a January 19 article on the upcoming February 13 status hearing (not a hearing on our Motion for Summary Judgment) in Seventh District Court in Reserve NM regarding the Augustin Plains Ranch appeal of of the State Engineer's denial of the...

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