Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board
About Us(Click Here to view and print
Speaker's Bureau Presentation)
We are a community advisory
group that was chartered in 1997 to provide citizen input to the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) on issues of environmental
monitoring, remediation, waste management, and long-term environmental
stewardship at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
A U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management
Site-Specific Advisory Board, that provides the Assistant Secretary for
Environmental Management and designees with independent advice,
information, and recommendations on issues affecting the EM program at
various sites. Among those issues are clean-up standards and
environmental restoration; waste management and disposition;
stabilization and disposition of non-stockpile nuclear materials; excess
facilities; future land use and long-term stewardship; risk assessment
and management; and clean-up science and technology activities at the
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Regarding LANL: The Los
Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in
Los Alamos, New Mexico on 28,000
acres in Los Alamos and Santa Fe counties of north-central New Mexico,
approximately 60 miles northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 25
miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. LANL is a multi-program
national laboratory with research and development programs in a broad
range of scientific and technical fields. The laboratory was established
in 1943 to design, develop, and test nuclear weapons. Many of the
laboratory's operations required hazardous chemicals and radioactive
materials, such as plutonium and uranium. Use of these materials
resulted in the contamination of facilities, and in some cases, the
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of EM program at LANL's primary functions are to: (1) cleanup
contaminated sites on Los Alamos National Laboratory and surrounding
private and government-owned lands to levels appropriate for the
intended land use; (2) protect and monitor the regional aquifer; (3)
decontaminate and decommission excess facilities affecting environmental
restoration actions; (4) retrieve legacy transuranic wastes and ship it
to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; and (5) conduct long-term
surveillance and monitoring, until turned over to the National Nuclear
Security Administration, a semiautonomous agency within the DOE.
Completion of phases of this project is scheduled through 2015.
Community Involvement: Advisory Board meetings serve as a two-way
exchange between members of the public and DOE. They always include a
public comment and question/answer period through which you can voice
your issues or submit written questions. DOE responds to the comments
and considers them during decision-making.
You don't have to be
a formal CAB member to serve on a committee or come to a Board meeting.
To get involved call the CAB office at (505) 989-1662. The staff can
direct you to the next meeting that interests you.
If you have any
suggestions on how we can better serve New Mexico-- Please let us know.
**LAST UPDATED**April 02, 2014