Support U​.​S. Senators: Extend public comment periods for nuclear weapons facilities

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Joni Arends
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The federal Department of Energy agency released three supplement analyses supporting expanded nuclear weapons manufacturing at Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM; Oak Ridge National Laboratory in TN; and Savannah River Site in SC for short public comment periods. 

On April 8th, 22 U.S. Senators wrote the Office of Management & Budget requesting "all federal agencies to indefinitely extend all open or announced upcoming public comment periods for ... administrative actions." 

The Senators recognized the public's role: "The American public is not only legally entitled to a meaningful opportunity to participate in these important proceedings; their participation is crucial to ensuring that agencies' work is carried out effectively. The public is an invaluable source of expertise for agency decision-makers.... Yet, such meaningful participation is an impossibility for tens of millions of Americans during this pandemic emergency period. We cannot reasonably expect the public to redirect attention from protecting themselves and families to comment on federal agency ... proceedings that while important, are not related to the crisis at hand or its response."