Santa Fe County Commissioner Hosts Nuclear Waste Emergency Response Town Hall Meeting On Effects Of Proposed WIPP Expansion


Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hansen is hosting a Nuclear Waste Emergency Response Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center, 1 Prairie Dog Loop in Santa Fe.

Cynthia Weehler, a co-chair of 285 South Sustainability Alliance (285ALL), will present highlights of the Department of Energy’s proposal to expand the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) repository and the transportation of plutonium throughout Santa Fe County and specifically along the NM 599 corridor. 285ALL is an alliance of environmentally concerned citizens formed in response to concerns about drought, water security, and inappropriate or irresponsible development along the 285 South corridor.

Santa Fe County Fire Chief Jackie L. Lindsey will provide a special presentation on Santa Fe County’s emergency preparedness and response in the unlikely event of a toxic and radioactive waste incident. State Rep. Tara Lujan will also be in attendance. Attendees will have an opportunity to express concerns and ask questions during a 35-minute open discussion.

Advanced registration is encouraged. RSVP here. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to complete a COVID-screening. Masks will be required. For more information, please contact Anna Hansen, Santa Fe County Commissioner, at or (505) 986-6329.

The meeting may be watched through the following link: