Nuke lab cleanup plan makes chromium plume a priority

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – 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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