Mission & Vision

Advancing National Security Science while Protecting the Environment

Charles McMillan
Charles McMillan

Laboratory Director's Mission

As The Laboratory delivers on our commitments today while ensuring capabilities for an uncertain future, we are more invested than ever in making site sustainability a part of that approach. Sustainability isn’t just part of our mission, it is our mission. The sustainability of the nuclear stockpile, of global security, and of our preeminent science goes hand in hand with the sustainability of energy, water resources, and our environment. Furthermore, we are dovetailing to the Department of Energy (DOE) missions of national security, science, energy, and environment, by making the protection of human health and the environment a primary focus at LANL.

We will continue to work hand in hand managing our environmental impacts with DOE/NNSA through demonstrating accountability toward requirements, federal and state regulations, DOE Orders, and permitting standards. By exhibiting a record of performance and dedication, we build the confidence of our regulators and the public that our national security mission is being achieved while we protect the health of the community and the environment.

The integrated and prevention-based efforts contained in the Long-Term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, implemented in our Site Sustainability Plan, then tracked in our Environmental Management System, display this commitment. These efforts call upon our organizations, challenge our managers, and rely on each individual employee to act with environmental stewardship in current operations, strategize to clean up past mission work, and achieve measures for future sustainability that minimize waste and reduce or eliminate other potential impacts our mission activities may have on the environment. Only this type of fortitude gives us the right to do what we do today, and keep on doing it in the Laboratory of the future.
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