Our members include: City of Española, County of Los Alamos, County of Rio Arriba, City of Santa Fe, County of Santa Fe, Pueblo of Jemez, Ohkay Owingeh, Town of Taos, County of Taos. Goals and positions are adopted by a consensus method.
Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. The organization’s focus is community and economic development, site employment, environmental remediation, and adequate funding for LANL remediation.
The RCLC is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide them with the information they need to complete this process and looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the Laboratory.
There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility. If the Laboratory is going to be a part of our community, it is vital that our local leaders are a part of the conversation. For too long our communities have been impacted by decisions by others with no participation at the local level. We need a voice. We need a seat at the table. The RCLC is our voice. To date, the RCLC is the only organization in northern New Mexico that speaks for cleanup and improving the Laboratory’s economic impact on our communities. Our membership consists of democratically elected officials whose residents depend on the success of LANL.
- Protecting and promoting opportunities for local subcontracting
- Promoting strong workforce education for skilled labor
- Leveraging and supporting efforts of LANL Community Partnerships Office
- Community-endorsed Department of Energy (DOE) contract development and promotion of mission diversification
The Regional Coalition advocates for sufficient funding, responsible policy and safe practices in the cleanup of all environmental nuclear waste generated at LANL. This includes Cold War-era waste accumulated from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research as well as newly generated radioactive waste generated post-1999.