Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. In Line For Weapons Plant.(Final)

Byline: Adam Rankin Journal Northern Bureau

Site To Develop Plutonium Pits

SANTA FE -- A report released Monday confirms that the federal government wants to build a new nuclear weapons plant but does not say whether the facility should be located at Los Alamos, near Carlsbad or three other sites under consideration around the country.

The Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration officials have decided to delay announcing a preferred location for the proposed "Modern Pit Facility," which would make the plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs.

"(The preferred site) will be in the final environmental impact statement," said NNSA spokesman Bryan Wilkes. …

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