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Santa Fe County to exit regional coalition on national lab

Los Alamos

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe County commission has voted unanimously to withdraw from the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities.

The coalition is a group of nine local governments in New Mexico that advocates for environmental cleanup and jobs at the laboratory, one of the world's largest science and technology research institutions.

Santa Fe County followed the Taos County Commission in voting to exit the coalition. The exodus is occurring as the coalition struggles with funding and leadership. It has lacked an executive director since last year and lost its federal backing over concerns that funding was improperly used for lobbying.