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Environment group wants Balderas to look into LANL spending habits

KOB.com Web Staff
August 13, 2018 06:54 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An environmental group want's New Mexico top attorney to launch a criminal investigation into the agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Lab.

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According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the group Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights wrote a letter on Saturday to Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Primarily at issue are the spending practices of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. The agency is made up of cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the laboratory.

A recent state auditor report found the agency approved improper reimbursements for things such as alcohol, food, travel and baseball tickets.

The agency's former executive director, Andrea Romero, who is running for a state lawmaker seat on the Democratic ticket, has drawn criticism for her spending habits. When KOB interviewed her in March, she said the expenses were necessary to discuss coalition business. 

Romero is running against write-in candidate Heather Nordquist, also a Democrat, in November.

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