LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The cleanup of decades-old contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the focus of an upcoming community forum.
Federal environmental officials with the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that runs the lab will be hosting Wednesday night’s event in Los Alamos, the once-secret city that played a significant role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
The DOE’s Office of Environmental Management at Los Alamos will be developing recommendations later this year to remediate plumes of chromium and other contamination resulting from the machining of high explosives compounds. The recommendations that will be submitted to the state Environment Department also will cover one of the disposal areas on lab property.
Some watchdog groups have complained that Los Alamos lab hasn’t done enough to protect the region’s groundwater from contamination.