Activists Skeptical of Los Alamos Reopening

May 16, 2000

More than three-quarters of Los Alamos was reopened to residents yesterday, while the fire that burned down 260 homes raged out of control on other fronts, including an Indian reservation where historic sites have been destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory remained closed. A complex of historic buildings where scientists assembled the first atomic bomb during World War Two has been consumed by a wildfire that has raged for over a week.

The laboratory said in a statement the complex where scientists worked on the top-secret Manhattan Project to build the bomb was destroyed in the fire except for one building.


  • Peggy Prince is Director of Peace Action New Mexico. She just met yesterday with the New Mexico State Environment Department.
  • Carol Miller is a 30 year public health veteran and ran for Congress on the Green Party ticket in 1997 and 1998.