Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan

Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan

 

By Zelie Pollon

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:40pm EDT

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) – The U.S. government should rethink plans for a multi-billion dollar plutonium complex at Los Alamos after the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the discovery of increased seismic risk in New Mexico, nuclear watchdog groups said.

A hearing began on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on a lawsuit filed by the Los Alamos Study Group seeking to block any further design, construction or funding of the proposed Chemical and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility until adequate studies of environmental impact and alternatives are complete. Arguments are expected to continue on Monday.

“The real question is whether Los Alamos and the country need this facility at all,” asked Greg Mello, executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group. “Between now and 2023, this facility will generate nothing but cost to national security, to the environment, and to the taxpayer, no matter what design they choose. So the point is: Why build it?”

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