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11.15.06

Possible Plans for Pantex

The project to bring a new warhead program to Amarillo is what is meeting with resistance.. 
The National Nuclear Security Admission wants to know how you feel about it, so they hosted two public hearings downtown today. 


    Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what some locals have to say about Complex 2030 coming into our backyard. 

City leaders spoke today about how the project could bring 1000 jobs to the area, but several others are weary about what it could mean for the area and the nation. 
  

 The idea of replacing old warheads with new ones stirred up some discussion at tonight's public hearing. "We are telling other countries they can't make weapons when we are," says Lorita Montgomery, a Canyon resident.
  

Locals are not too keen on consolidating more dangerous materials from other sites and bringing them here to Amarillo. Some are convinced it won't bring as many jobs as is being estimating. "You may get more jobs here in Amarillo, but what they're not telling you is that they have to cut back the surveillance program to have the money you would lose those jobs," says John Duncan, a retired senior manager over all weapons of surveillance testing and evaluation at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.
  

At both sessions only about 20 people spoke out against the project. The N.N.S.A. tells us the more public opinion they can gather on either side, the better. 

  

The N.N.S.A. is taking public comment by mail, fax or email until January 17. 

U.S. Mail : Mr. Ted Wyka, U.S. DOE/NNSA,Office of Transformation NA-10.1, 1000 Independence Ave, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20585

By fax: (703) 671-5197

By email:  Complex2030@nnsa.doe.gov

 

More on the web:

Pantex Public Meetings to Determine Nuclear Future

Complex 2030 Explained

NNSA: The Future of the Nation's Nuclear Complex

BWXT Pantex' Environmental Policy

 

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