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School Board looking for interim member to complete five-member quorum

LA Monitor Exclusive: Foster resigns from Los Alamos school board

By Tris DeRoma

Long time school board member David Foster recently announced his resignation from the Los Alamos School Board. According to School Board Secretary Matt Williams, the District 3 resident cited the selling of his house and moving out of the district as his reason.   He was elected to the school board in 2010.


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Protesters call for lab closing, abolition of nuclear weapons

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Energy secretary Moniz to visit N.M. next week

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LANL laser heading to Mars in 2020 mission

NASA announced today that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020.


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Lab admits violating nuke waste permit

 

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Los Alamos National Laboratory says it made mistakes in packing waste that has been linked to a radiation leak at the government's underground nuclear waste dump, but it remains unclear if the violations or its use of organic cat litter to absorb moisture played a role in the accident.

In a letter released by state regulators Thursday, lab officials told the New Mexico Environment Department that their internal probe of the handling of the toxic waste from decades of nuclear bomb building has uncovered several violations of its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The lab says it failed to follow proper procedures in making the switch from inorganic to organic litter and in its lack of follow up on waste that tests showed to be highly acidic.

The shortcomings were described as "unacceptable" by Principal Associate Lab Director Terry Wallace, according to an internal memo.

Teams of scientists and engineers are still trying to determine exactly what caused a barrel from Los Alamos to burst, and whether the switch in cat litter helped fuel what is suspected to have been some kind of reaction in the highly acidic waste that also contained lead.

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Waste > Workforce trimmed after contract expires

LANL contractor lays off workers

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The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government’s nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

A Los Alamos spokesman Wednesday confirmed that Energy Solutions has reduced its workforce by 115 because its contract for packing the waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad expired June 30. 

That is the date the lab was supposed to have thousands of barrels of contaminated waste off its northern New Mexico campus. But the final shipments were halted after the February leak that shuttered WIPP was traced to a barrel packed by Energy Solutions.


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LANL employees raise $327K for scholarship drive

 


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State denies extension to lab on cleanup -- updated

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The state is cracking down on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s attempts to extend deadlines for cleaning up toxic waste across its northern New Mexico campus.

The New Mexico Environment Department sent the lab 22 letters this month denying requests for more time to meet the terms of a 2005 consent order. In refusing further delays, the state said past extensions were granted while the lab diverted resources to expedite the shipment of thousands of barrels of already-processed waste to the government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

But the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been shuttered indefinitely by a mysterious radiation leak, meaning Los Alamos’ plans to remove the last of those barrels are on hold.


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Ten local businesses win VAF awards

 

Ten local businesses to receive Venture Acceleration Fund awards

 Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and its partners recently awarded more than $400,000 to 10 local businesses to help them grow and develop in Northern New Mexico.

“Since the VAF was initiated in 2006, Los Alamos National Security has invested approximately $3 million in 49 New Mexico businesses,” said David Pesiri, director of the Feynman Center for Innovation. “Now it’s a community effort, with Los Alamos County, the city of Santa Fe and MEP stepping forward to partner with us. 


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Crews put out small brush fire at TA-8

 

Los Alamos Fire Department crews responded to a small brush fire near TA-8 and quickly put it out Friday afternoon.

According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory EOC, a small brush fire reported  near guard post 431. The lab confirmed the fire was in a tree and LAFD crews did knock down the tree after the fire was put out.

TA-8 is off NM 501 (West Jemez Road).

"It was very small, less than one acre," lab spokesman Steve Sandoval said. "Not sure of cause but earlier this afternoon there was lightning over the Jemez. Don't want to speculate if it was lightning because I don't know."

Sandoval said no structures or employees were in danger.

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Officials eye 6 barrels tied to nuke dump leak

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told a legislative panel Tuesday.

Flynn told lawmakers that scientists have been unable to replicate the chemical event believed to have a caused a drum to breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Feb. 14, contaminating 22 workers. But they have tied the barrel to a waste stream from Los Alamos with an unusually high acid level, he said.


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LASO employee dies after exercise on LANL property

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Los Alamos student Cole Kendrick finishes second in supercomputing challenge

 


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LANL physicist wins E.O. Lawrence Award

 


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