NNSA NEWS RELEASE
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has determined a proposal for light laboratory space near Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) would not have a significant effect on the human environment and does not require an environmental assessment nor environmental impact statement.
The Department of Energy’s NNSA proposes to lease previously developed property to provide laboratory space for bioscience research within a 50-mile radius of LANL, which may include existing structures located in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Santa Fe Counties. Multiple properties may be needed to meet LANL needs. Properties will be previously developed with facilities designed for research involving the study of cellular components, biofuels, genomic sequencing, and pathogen biology. No radiological work would be permitted at property leased for laboratory space.
Activities occurring within the leased space would be conducted in accordance with the applicable requirements and best practices for a less than Biosafety Level 3 & 4 facility. The proposed action does not include the construction of facilities or other structures to meet LANL needs or changes in local land use and zoning. All structures and infrastructure will be pre-existing and consistent with current uses.
The National Environmental Policy Act’s Categorical Exclusion for this action is available online at: https://www.energy.gov/nepa/articles/cx-270620-leasing-laboratory-space