Newly elected NNMCAB Chair Gerard Martínez y Valencia
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) has elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2017.
Gerard Martínez y Valencia was elected Chairman of the Board and Angelica Gurulé was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Newly elected NNMCAB Vice Chair Angelica Gurulé
Martínez y Valencia, a resident of Santa Fe, is the career technical advisor for the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies at Santa Fe Community College.
“As our new Consent Agreement with the State is in place and the eventual reopening of WIPP nears, I want to provide leadership and facilitation for the Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board to retain a safe legacy cleanup schedule and move forward in continued partnership with LANL staff and public to attain milestones, goals and accomplishments,” Martínez y Valencia said. “Along with the Board, I want to provide the expedition of our recommendations to the Department of Energy and the combined recommendations from the site specific advisory boards and make sure our diverse, unique and strong voice is heard on a national level.”
Gurulé, a resident of Española, serves as the Environmental Services manager for Los Alamos County. When asked why the NNMCAB is important, Gurulé said, “I feel the NNMCAB plays a significant role in keeping the public informed about environmental cleanup as well as being a voice for the communities we represent.”
Both have expressed a desire to be an advocate for the environment, and protect the health and safety of residents of northern New Mexico.
The NNMCAB is one of eight Department of Energy (DOE) Site Specific Advisory Boards across the country. The NNMCAB provides DOE with advice and recommendations concerning: environmental remediation, waste management, and monitoring and surveillance of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Members are appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management and serve as representatives of their communities in Northern New Mexico.
For additional information on the NNMCAB’s mission and activities, visit www.energy.gov/em/nnmcab or Facebook (Nnmcab).