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Letter to the Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy


Location: Washington, DC

Dear Mr. Secretary:

As you may recall, I wrote you on May 24,, 2010, regarding my concerns with the shipment of Class 9 and Class 7 remediation waste from Los Alamos National Labs through Conejos County, Colorado. In that letter, I asked you to use all discretion to continue to divert these shipments out of Conejos County until an agreement could be reached among Conejos County, Energy Solutions and the San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad that might be satisfactory to my constituents. I appreciate your attention to that request and the temporary suspension of those shipments since May 25th while the parties worked on such an agreement.

I write you again today after receiving a letter from the Conejos County Board of Commissioners on June 1 asking my assistance in requesting a permanent redirection of those shipments out of Conejos County. After personally discussing their concerns, I am asking today that you use all discretion to respect their concerns and permanently redirect the shipments of this waste. As a proud Conejos County native, many of these constituents are my friends and neighbors.

Thank you again for your consideration. Please keep my Alamosa office informed of any developments related to this matter.


John T. Salazar
Member of Congress

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