Obama budget puts Los Alamos facility on hold

February 14, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The budget proposal put forth by President Barack Obama on Monday could spell the beginning of the end for the planned construction of a $6 billion plutonium research laboratory that critics have long billed as an unnecessary attempt to expand the nation’s nuclear bomb building mission.

The Obama administration’s budget proposes putting on hold for five years plans to build the so-called Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, essentially saying it is not necessary.

That’s what critics have been arguing for years.

“It’s very good news,” said Greg Mello, director of the watchdog Los Alamos Study Group. “And it is part of a wider reassessment of what is truly necessary in the nuclear weapons budgets in both the Department of Energy and the Department of Login to read more

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