- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on cleanup of contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Aging water lines and other infrastructure in Los Alamos will be replaced as part of a settlement between New Mexico and U.S. Department of Energy stemming from a 2014 radiation release at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump.

Gov. Susana Martinez is visiting Los Alamos on Monday to highlight $32 million in settlement funds that will be used in the northern New Mexico area.

Aside from water infrastructure improvements, another $10 million will go toward the construction of storm water control structures at Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase monitoring and sampling for contamination.

The rest of the money will be spent on improving transportation routes for shipping radioactive waste from the lab.


9:45 a.m.

The tribal community of San Ildefonso Pueblo sits in the shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation’s premier laboratories and the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

The tribe is on the front lines of a battle to rein in contamination left behind by decades of bomb making and nuclear research.

Pueblo Gov. James Mountain says he’s encouraged that the New Mexico Environment Department has identified a plume of chromium contamination at the tribe’s border with the lab as a priority under a revamped cleanup proposal.

Under the draft proposal, a series of reports would be required and initial pumping and treatment could begin next fiscal year.

Officials would then have to develop a final corrective action plan and implementation could take between four and five years.

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