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UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have shown significant interest in the LANL contract over the past few months. Daniel and others toured the Lab early in September and met with Los Alamos County councilors and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

In October, UT consultant Susan Rogers addressed the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting in Espanola. She also joined a tour of the San Ildefonso Pueblo Sacred Area that borders the Lab Oct. 26 with members of the RCLC at the invitation of Gov. James Mountain.

Board of Regents Chair Sara Martinez Tucker announced the postponement at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Board but did not give a reason. The Board reportedly discussed the LANL contract in closed session, but it was not otherwise discussed during the meeting.

A Nov. 27 decision to proceed with a proposal would leave UT only two weeks to submit it to NNSA.