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New Mexico nuclear sites’ 10-year environmental cleanup plan outlined

Cleaning up the environment from nuclear activities across the U.S. will continue for at least another decade as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) published its priorities for 2021 to 2031.

The EM oversees operations at national laboratories and nuclear facilities across the nation, including three in New Mexico.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque were all expected to continue important projects in nuclear research, development and remediation through the next 10 years.

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In a letter from Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management William White included with the priorities, he said the Office achieved several milestones in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.