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Advancing National Security Science while Protecting the Environment

Los Alamos Field Office Vision

Juan Griego, Acting Manager
Juan Griego, Acting Manager

The National Nuclear Security Administration is committed to stewardship of the Nation’s and New Mexico’s resources. I take that responsibility personally and I ensure that everything the Los Alamos Site Office does to support the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission has environmental protection and stewardship fully considered. As a result, I challenged LANL to integrate environmental protection activities into a comprehensive, long-term execution strategy. The intent of this effort is to take control of LANL’s future and set the standard for environmental stewardship for all of New Mexico.

The mission performance of the Laboratory depends on many factors, including the best science and technology, working safely, producing quality products, and doing it securely. But without the heath and long-term viability of the Los Alamos site, that mission could easily be jeopardized. The long-term environmental action plan is the blueprint for managing our environment, demonstrating responsible management to regulators and the public, and creating our future rather than letting it happen to us. This includes cleaning up the legacy past, controlling and enhancing current operations, and transitioning to a long-term sustainable future.

 

Laboratory Director's Mission

Charles McMillan, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director
Charles McMillan

With this Strategy, we look to the future to challenge Laboratory managers to envision the long-range environmental issues that will face us. If the first nearly 70 years of the Lab are any indication, much can change in the coming decades. this Strategy provides a framework for us to ask the right questions now, so that when new issues arise, we will be prepared.

For example:

  • We must seek the most effective ways to remediate the Lab’s remaining Cold War-era waste. We must devise ways to further reduce waste and environmental impacts on air, water, soil, and wildlife from current—and importantly future— national security missions.
  • We must plan for the energy needs of tomorrow’s Lab facilities, including a generation of supercomputers 1,000 times faster than those of today. From individual workers to facility planners, we must help create a sustainable Laboratory for the future.

Today, the DOE/NNSA and the Laboratory manage environmental impacts through a variety of projects and programs that address specific requirements of federal and state regulations, DOE Orders, and permits.

We understand that the health and viability of the Laboratory depend in part on a record of performance, building the confidence of our regulators and the public. To gain the right to do what we do, we must work safely, securely, ethically, and in a manner that protects the environment.

This Strategy integrates these various environmental protection activities into a comprehensive environmental stewardship strategy—a strategy to clean up the past, control current operations, and move toward a sustainable future where waste is minimized and other effects on the environment are reduced or eliminated.

Management at LANL is committed to environmental protection.

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LANL management believes that stockpile stewardship and environmental stewardship are inseparable. To accomplish our mission, we must first, protect human health and the environment.



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