Journal: Councilor Wants Better Nuke Plan
Councilor Wants Better
By Jim Ludwick
Journal Staff Writer
City Councilor Miguel Gómez introduced a proposal
Monday calling for better planning in case of an emergency involving nuclear
munitions stored in the Albuquerque area.
"This is a common-sense approach to dealing with
an issue that's been around for a long time," Gómez said.
The proposal says newspapers and specialized publications
covering national defense "have reported Albuquerque to be home to
the largest depot of nuclear munitions anywhere in the world."
It says there have been tests and training exercises
at Kirtland Air Force Base "simulating accidents in which nuclear
materials have been dispersed in a subcritical (dirty bomb) explosion
in the city of Albuquerque."
There have also been tests at Sandia National Laboratories.
"The damage to our local economy and civic life
would be catastrophic," it says.
Gómez's proposal calls on the city to makes
its best effort to coordinate disaster preparedness plans with Kirtland.
It calls for "formal agreements with Kirtland Air Force Base, such
as memoranda of understanding, or mutual support agreements."
The proposal says public-safety agencies should make
quarterly reports to the mayor and the City Council about disaster preparedness
It says the city should disseminate information to
the public "that is necessary to prepare the citizens of Albuquerque
for an emergency at Kirtland Air Force Base or elsewhere in the region"
involving munitions storage.
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