May 7, l998


Contact: Lee Lysne, CCNS (505) 986-1973

Findings to be Announced from Nation's First Civilian Technical Audit of a Nuclear Weapons Facility; May 15th Press Conference and Public Meeting

As a result of the settlement of a landmark lawsuit by Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the lab's five year long violations of the federal Clean Air Act, LANL has been required to submit to the first-ever civilian technical audit of a nuclear weapons facility. The preliminary results of the first technical audit of the lab's radioactive air emissions monitoring program will be announced Friday, May 15th at 10 am at the Inn of Loretto in Santa Fe.

This is the first announcement of the auditor's finding on LANL's compliance status under the Clean Air Act under an ongoing series of audits resulting from a precedent setting consent decree enforcing the Clean Air Act at the lab. As a result of CCNS's lawsuit, LANL admitted that 31 of its 33 stacks emitting radionuclides to the air were not in compliance with the law.

Dr. John Till, President of the Radiological Assessment Corporation, under contract with the Department of Justice, heads the audit team, and will announce preliminary partial findings of his team's investigation. CCNS¹s scientific consultants, the internationally recognized Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, who have been monitoring the audit, will also be present. The auditors and the CCNS monitors will take questions from the press and the public on Friday May 15th at 10 am at the Inn of Loretto at 221 Old Santa Fe Trail and also at a public meeting at 3 pm Friday May 15th in Los Alamos at the Los Alamos Inn, located at 2201 Trinity Drive.

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