New Mexico to monitor national labs under renewed grant

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 New Mexico environmental regulators will continue monitoring two national laboratories in the state under a grant renewed by the U.S. Energy Department.

The renewal helps to fund ongoing environmental oversight and monitoring by the state at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

Federal officials say the five-year grant provides a mechanism for independent monitoring at the labs and assures information is made public about the health, safety and environmental effects of certain activities at the labs.

The state Environment Department and the Energy Department have a similar agreement for monitoring the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

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