“Awkward” was how a recent article by the Associated Press appropriately described the position of New Mexico’s liberal congressional delegation when it comes to environmental review of plans to ramp up production of plutonium “pits” at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Our Democratic elected officials in Congress are all, to varying degrees, considered strong supporters of environmental causes. On LANL, which produces radioactive waste and will produce much more when it starts making the grapefruit-sized cores of nuclear weapons on a grand scale over the next decade, they’ve walked something of a tightrope.
They want the billions of dollars in spending and the jobs that come with making pits for a historic (and historically expensive) upgrade of the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. They’ve even fought the idea of LANL having to share pit production with another national lab in South Carolina. They want all of the pits to be made in New Mexico.