Category: waste & toxics


Halt Holtec: get involved

Have you heard about the proposed Holtec facility in southeastern New Mexico? An international company called Holtec wants to bring high-level radioactive waste from for-profit nuclear reactors around the country and store it at a site between Carlsbad and Hobbs. Tax payers would be on the hook for this facility, not to mention the dangers [read more…]


New Mexicans deserve health studies not more uranium mining

Imagine knowing that a shift in the wind’s direction could poison the air you breathe with odorless, cancer-causing radon gas. For all of us, this would be a terrifying scenario. Unfortunately this scenario is all too real for many families living with legacy waste left behind by uranium companies in western New Mexico. Despite overwhelming [read more…]


Clear water can be dangerous too

Abandoned mines have plagued New Mexico communities for decades. In light of the Gold King Mine spill, join us in calling out Gov. Martinez for her systematic assault on our environmental safeguards and urge her to prioritize clean-up.>> People pay attention when a river turns orange. But water doesn’t need to be orange to be [read more…]


It’s time for an independent investigation at WIPP

More than 500 CVNM members and supporters have already signed our petition in support of an independent investigation into the two radiation leaks at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Add your voice and share the petition on Facebook to make our impact even bigger. New Mexicans still don’t know what happened almost a half-mile [read more…]


The lastest information on WIPP

There have been two radiation leaks from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) now and it took a week for the Department of Energy (DOE) to tell New Mexicans about the second one. The first leak has been covered in local, national, and international news. Why? There are a few reasons: WIPP is our nation’s [read more…]


Update: 17 WIPP workers exposed

It’s been more than a month since a radiation leak was discovered underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation’s only permanent nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad. Initially, 13 workers tested positive for internal radiation. Now that number is up to 17. Four days after the leak, radiation was found in an air [read more…]


A problem of nuclear proportions

Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy WIPP Radiation Leak Timeline: Feb. 14 – Airborne radiation was detected underground and WIPP was locked down. Feb. 20 – Four days later, the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center reported that radiation was discovered in an air filter a half-mile away from the facility. Feb. 26 – [read more…]