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The Los Alamos Public Forum engages the community in the Chromium project

LOS ALAMOS, NM – More than 100 in-person and virtual attendees gathered at a recent Environmental Management Cleanup Forum to hear leadership from the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) discuss a joint initiative for a hexavalent chromium groundwater plume beneath Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

EM-LA cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos hosted the forum at the SALA Event Center in Los Alamos. The event served as an overview and introduction for the Hexavalent Chromium Project Expert Technical Review Team, which has been tasked to evaluate the effectiveness of the interim measures for the chromium plume.

The purpose and need for the review team was explained by Inés Triay, interim dean, College of Engineering and Computing, and executive director of the Applied Research Center at Florida International University. Triay is the appointed leader of the review team.

The team will evaluate five lines of research, including the ability of the interim measures to hydraulically control the plume, the state of the plume modeling, the corrective actions and conditions proposed by NMED, the willingness to propose and begin evaluating remediation alternatives, and the monitoring the well design.