LANL watchdog group hangs on with no fed funding

By Jesse Moy
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 7/11/19

Members of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Lab Communities said they would be fine through next year following the announcement that the group will not …

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LANL watchdog group hangs on with no fed funding

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Correction appended, the original version of this story incorrectly stated Henry Roybal did not apply for the federal grant.

Members of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Lab Communities said they would be fine through next year following the announcement that the group will not receive federal dollars to operate.

The coalition's executive director decided not to apply for the U.S. Department of Energy funding this year and instead is looking toward next year to get the $100,000 grant back.

The RCLC was initially created as a collaborative effort between the labs and the surrounding communities to assist in efforts of economic development as well as waste cleanup related to the national lab's nuclear weapons work.

By using the annual federal grant, the coalition was able to fund operations and the executive director contract. Without the funds, members say the coalition will rely on reserves.

Taos County as well as the town of Taos are members in the coalition and are working to see its direction carried out. Town councilor Darien Fernandez is the coalition's vice chair and said the reserves are sufficient enough to get the group through the next year where they will apply once again for the grant.

"We don't need to ask our member communities to contribute anything more than what they already are obligated," Fernandez said, assuring communities the RCLC would not be asking for more money.

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