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Atomic Histories & Nuclear Testing

LANL’s Central Mission: Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to “national security”, but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here’s the answer from one of its own documents:

LANL’s “Central Mission”- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11

Trump’s 2020 Nuclear Weapons Budget Escalates New Arms Race

Santa Fe, NM – Today the Trump Administration released more budget details for the Department of Energy and its semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons programs for fiscal year 2020. This same fiscal year will also mark the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Global Nuclear Weapons Threats Are Rising

In sum, the world is facing the most serious nuclear threats since the first half of the 1980’s. At that time President Ronald Reagan said, “a nuclear war cannot be won and must not be fought” and called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

View/Download the entire press release here

NukeWatch Compilation of the DOE/NNSA FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

LANL FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

Sandia FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

Livermore Lab FY 2020 Budget Chart – Courtesy TriValley CAREs – VIEW

NukeWatch NM: Comments on NNSA’s Draft Supplement Analysis of the 2008 Complex Transformation PEIS that seeks to raise plutonium pit production from 20 pits per year to more than 80.

Dear NEPA Document Manager:

The stated purpose of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Supplement Analysis of the 2008 Complex Transformation Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement is:

“… to allow NNSA to determine whether, prior to proceeding with the effort to produce plutonium pits at a rate of no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030, the existing Complex Transformation SPEIS should be supplemented, a new environmental impact statement should be prepared, or no further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is required. The Draft SA [Supplement Analysis] preliminarily concludes that further NEPA documentation at a programmatic level is not required; however, NNSA will consider comments on this Draft SA and publish a Final SA.” 

In my view, to meet legal NEPA requirements NNSA must complete a new programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on its nation-wide plans for expanded production of plutonium pits, the radioactive cores of nuclear weapons. Simply amending the Record of Decision for the 2008 Complex Transformation (CT) PEIS, as NNSA plans to do, will not be sufficient to formally raise the level of production from the level of 20 pits per year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) sanctioned by the original1996 Stockpile Stewardship and Management PEIS.

Read/Download the full document HERE 


NukeWatch NM: Scoping comments for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) draft environmental impact statement for plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site

Dear SRS EIS NEPA Document Manager,
Nuclear Watch New Mexico is pleased to submit these scoping comments on the National
Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) draft environmental impact statement for plutonium
pit production at the Savannah River Site.

The Need for a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

This is our first and primary concern, that NNSA must first complete a programmatic
environmental impact statement (PEIS) on its nation-wide plans for plutonium pit production, in
advance of the Savannah River Site-specific environmental impact statement. To get right to the
point, we argue that the SRS EIS process should go no further than this scoping period and
should resume only after a completed formal Record of Decision for a new or supplemental
PEIS

Read/Download the full document HERE 


New Mexico Environment Department Response to Public Comments on the February 22, 2018 WIPP Draft Permit

On November 10, 2016, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (“NWP”) (together referred to as the “Permittees”) submitted a revised Class 3 Permit Modification Request to the New Mexico Environment Department (“NMED”) requesting to modify the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (“Permit”) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (“WIPP” or “Facility”). Specifically, the revised Class 3 Permit Modification requested to make changes to the WIPP Panel Closure Plan. NMED published a public notice on February 22, 2018, starting a 60-day public comment period which ended on April 23, 2018. NMED took final agency action on September 7, 2018. This document is the NMED response to public comments received on this draft Permit, as required by 20.4.1.901.A(9) NMAC.

Read/Download the full document HERE 


4/25/2018

Public Comments Filed on NNSA Proposal to Raise Plutonium Limit Ten-Fold in Los Alamos' Rad Lab

See NukeWatch's critique of these plans - our official 'public comments' as submitted
Addendum to NukeWatch comments

Read/Download the full document HERE 


Nuclear Watch Comments on the Consent Order to Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Environment Department


Nuclear Watch Comments on the Consent Order to Kathryn Roberts, New Mexico Environment Department


Nuclear Watch Comments for DOE's Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)


Nuclear Watch Comments on Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - October 14, 2012

LANL Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement  -April 22, 2011

Nuclear Watch Scoping Comments for CMRR Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) - November 16, 2010

Nuclear Watch Additional Comments on the LANL FSWEIS  - June 11, 2008

NukeWatch Comments to NNSA on the Complex Transformation SPEIS - April 30, 2008

Nuclear Watch comments on the draft LANL Hazardous Waste Permit - February 1, 2008 [submitted to state authorities]

Nuclear Watch New Mexico's additional comments on the Kansas City Plant EA - January 31, 2008

Nuclear Watch New Mexico's comprehensive comments on the Kansas City Plant EA - January 14, 2008

Read NukeWatch's Comments on Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board "Government in the Sunshine Act" - January 4, 2008

Nuclear Watch New Mexico's scoping comments on the GTCC EIS - September 21, 2007

Nuclear Watch Comments on the scope of the GNEP Programmatic EIS - June 4, 2007

Nuclear Watch Comments on the Kansas City Plant EA - May 30, 2007

Nuclear Watch Comments on Livermore Biolab Draft Revised EA - May 11, 2007

Nuclear Watch Comments on the Divine Strake EA - February 7, 2007

Nuclear Watch Scoping Comments for Complex 2030 SPEIS - January 17, 2007

Nuclear Watch Comments on LANL SWEIS - September 26, 2006

Nuclear Watch Scoping Comments for EIS for Operation of a BioSafety Level-3 Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory - January 17, 2006

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Consolidation of Nuclear Operations Related to the Production of Radioisotope Power Systems - August 29, 2004

Nuclear Watch Comments on Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - August 1, 2005

Comments to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on its Recommendation 2005-1, "Nuclear Material Packaging" - April 20, 2005

Scoping Comments on the Proposed Los Alamos National Laboratory Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement - February 28, 2005

Scoping Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Consolidation of Radioisotope Power Systems - January 31, 2005

Comments on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Management and Operations Contract draft Request For Proposal - January 21, 2005

Nuclear Watch of New Mexico comments on the draft Order on Consent between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Department of Energy (DOE) and University of California (UC) - October 2004

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Consolidation of Nuclear Operations Related to the Production of Radioisotope Power Systems [224k] -August 29, 2004

Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Consolidation of Certain Dynamic Experimentation Activities at the Two-Mile Complex [34k] September 18, 2003

Scoping Comments to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement For DTRA Activities at the White Sands Missile Range [16k] September 15, 2003

Comments on the Environmental Impact Statement For the Proposed Chemical and Metallurgical Research Building Replacement Project [47k] July 1, 2003

Scoping Comments on the Modern Pit Facility Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. [41k] November 26, 2002

Comments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Biological Safety Level 3 Laboratory [46k] September 7, 2002

Scoping Comments on the Environmental Impact Statement For the Proposed Chemical and Metallurgical Research Building Replacement Project [33k] August 31, 2002

Comments on the Proposed Disposition of the Omega West Facility [27k] May 25, 2002

Comments on the proposed Biological Safety Level 3 Laboratory's Draft Environmental Assessment [60k] November 26, 2001

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed Relocation of Technical Area 18 [43k] October 18, 2001


Scoping Comments to the DOE for the Environmental Assessment on LANL's Proposed Biological Safety Level 3 Laboratory July 10, 2001

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