Watchdog Sues For Sandia Nuke Safety Records In New Mexico

November 25, 2013

A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of nuclear safety records for Sandia National Laboratories.

The suit filed Friday in federal court in Albuquerque alleges the National Nuclear Security Administration has withheld documents and work papers for more than two years about whether nuclear reactors at Sandia have experienced shutdowns, accidents or violated safety regulations.

It also alleges a continuing pattern and practice of wrongful delay by the NNSA to violate the Freedom of Information Act.

The executive director for Citizen Action New Mexico, Dave McCoy, claims Sandia deliberately withheld the documents during the federal Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board’s investigation of Sandia’s nuclear reactors and during a period of high public concern about the Fukushima reactor meltdowns.

NNSA officials say they can’t comment on pending litigation.

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