The mission of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) must be diversified in order to create a new security for our country and the world. This new mission would transfer funding and expertise away from nuclear and non-nuclear weapons design, development and production, and into clean up, nonproliferation, emergency management and preparedness and basic sciences.
The mission diversification can be achieved by prioritizing the following:
The extent of environmental contamination at LANL is such that realigning the mission to focus on clean up would provide a source of jobs for years to come. Reliance on regionally-based companies for this work would foster local economic development and employment, as well as a sense of ownership during cleanup. LANL scientists can address the harm which nuclear weapons production has caused by:
Nonproliferation is the prevention, detection, and elimination of the spread of materials, technology, and expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction. Genuine curatorship of nuclear weapons is necessary while we progress toward the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Article VI mandate to disarm. LANL scientists could assist in global nonproliferation by:
In order to protect the public, culture, environment and national infrastructure from accidents, terrorist events and natural disasters, LANL scientists could assist in emergency management and preparedness. These activities must begin on-site. The budget for safety must be increased and LANL documents required for safe operations must be brought up-to-date. DOE nuclear facilities are required to evaluate accident conditions, derive hazard controls and define the process for keeping these controls current. In some instances, LANL is years behind in preparing these documents. LANL scientists could help prevent these events and address the impacts should one occur by:
In the past, LANL scientists engaged to a greater degree in basic sciences, such as astrophysics and research into renewable technologies. This type of work could be re-prioritized by:
Amigos Bravos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety. Embudo Valley Environmental Monitoring Group, Loretto Community, Peace Action New Mexico, Physicians for Social Responsibility New Mexico and Tewa Women United.
Join these organizations in working for mission diversification at LANL. Click here to download the diversification statement.
Please send signed forms to: CCNS, 107 Cienega Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Updated June 22, 2007