States Neww Service

Montano Wants WIPP Escorts

Monday June 14 6:21 AM ET

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- Santa Fe City Councilor Frank Montano wants the city council to order police to escort all trucks that take plutonium-contaminated waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. On Friday, he asked city attorneys to draft a law that would require the escorts. After providing escorts for the first two shipments to the underground dump, city officials let trucks pass through without escort on four later shipments. Montano asked the council how the U-S Department of Energy should be expected to take the city seriously about wanting escorts when the city is undecided whether the escorts are necessary.