Executive Director Update | September 2017

– COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – 

Manhattan Project National Historic Park Making Progress
The RCLC spent two days touring Hanford, WA’s Manhattan Project era historical sites, all the while discussing what the future of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be. Wonderful elements from the ‘Hanford B Reactor’, to many historical elements from a renovated ghost town bank to Columbia riverside hiking, the elements of the Park at Hanford are spectacular!
Next steps include a fundraising plan, distribution of branding package, and combining planning efforts on all the three townsite fronts.
Community Leaders Host Potential LANL Bidders

Following a recent visit by potential solicitors to a LANL site visit, the RCLC hosted a gathering inviting all interested parties to hear about the community’s interest in a future M&O contractor. Over 35 elected, tribal and community leaders arrived to represent their interests to potential bidders.

The bidder community consisted CEO Eric Sundin, from Virginia-based Internal Computer Services and David E. Daniel, deputy chancellor of the University of Texas System were the only contractors who attended the meeting, despite all bidders invited at the site tour on August 29. The bidders who attended voiced the vagueness of an invitation sitting on a chair in the corner of the room.  The Coalition arranged the meeting so contractors could learn how much northern New Mexico relies on the lab’s economic and philanthropic commitment to the region and to discuss our priorities.
Update: Bob Raines has committed to reviewing the opportunities provided by Department of Energy Environmental Management for communities to engage in the solicitation process.
Advocacy Trip to Washington D.C.
RCLC leadership met with a number of DOE, NNSA, appropriations staff to discuss the need for $217 million cleanup dollars for LANL and the inclusion of communities through the NNSA’s acquisition process of finding a new manager and operator of the LANL contract. Following a variety of meetings, the Regional Coalition received a list of contact information on potential solicitors to the M&O Contract at LANL.  The RCLC will reach out to potential prime contractors
A follow up letter from our Senators Udall and Heinrich followed our request.
Coverage of trip in the Los Alamos Monitor.
– ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – 
DOE Extends LANS Cleanup Contract by 6-months, Worth $65 Million

The Department of Energy has issued an extension to the contract with Los Alamos National Security (LANS) for the continued legacy environmental cleanup work and waste management at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The contract extension to the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract (LCBC) will enable the continuation of key scope activities and help ensure a smooth transition to the new Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC).

The Department has extended LANS’ period of performance six months to end on March 31, 2017. The effective start date of this contract extension is October 1, 2017. The total value of this six-month contract extension is at approximately $65 million. Read DOE EM Press Release.

$217 Million Request for LANL Cleanup
An appeal by the RCLC was made to House Energy & Water Appropriations the cleanup work already in process at LANL, totaling to $217 million for FY18. Matching the Senate Appropriations already approved, the RCLC made a plea to the House Appropriations leadership for a budget increase from $194 million approved in FY17. This request covers already existing projects in protecting groundwater from Chromium, continuing cleanup at Los Alamos Historical Townsites, and making notable progress on TA-21. Funding sets up the next EM-LA Contractor for success and provides closure to projects executed by LANS through March 2018.  Request sent to Congress available here.