Tribes fight transmission line for Los Alamos lab


The National Nuclear Security Administration has run into opposition for an energy transmission line it wants to build in northern New Mexico.

It’s coming from native Americans and environmentalists who object to construction across the protected Caja del Rio wilderness. The wilderness, located on the lower end of the Santa Fe National Forest, it covers more than 100,000 of land filled with pinon-juniper woodlands.

The proposed 115-Kilovolt transmission line would cut through about 14 miles of the Caja del Rio plateau.

The Nuclear Security Administration says the line is needed to provide more power to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, more power because of national security interests.

The nearby Pueblo of Tesuque is fighting it and Jim James is a legal council.

“It is a living, cultural landscape.

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