Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Consultant's Credibility Doubted; Group Tracks LANL Emissions

By John Arnold
Journal Staff Writer

A Washington D.C.-based environmental watchdog says an environmental consulting firm hired to track decades worth of pollution at Los Alamos National Laboratory should be taken off the job.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hired ChemRisk in 1999 to determine how much pollution has been released by the lab since it was built in 1943.

But the Environmental Working Group is asking the agency to suspend ChemRisk's contract, after the organization learned that the company is involved in investigating chromium contamination in the Los Alamos regional aquifer.

EWG contends that ChemRisk has a conflict of interest in performing such work because the company was hired by California's Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to help that utility fight the chromium contamination lawsuit depicted in the film "Erin Brockovich."


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