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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • DOE cites businesses

    Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.
     Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents. The company also provided gamma-ray spectroscopy analyses as part of LANL’s recently completed remediation of Material Disposal Area B (Technical Area 21) east of downtown Los Alamos.

  • LANL to host opening ceremony for RLUOB

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is having a opening ceremony for the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office building Thursday.

    And the public is not invited.

    Joni Arends from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety wrote the following email to Lorrie Bonds Lopez, who is in charge of community outreach for LANL.

    “Good afternoon,
    We understand that there will be a formal ribbon cutting at the RLUOB on June 14th.  The Interested Parties to the CMRR Air Permit Settlement Agreement, therefore, respectfully request an invitation for each of the Interested Parties to attend the ribbon cutting.  We look forward to receiving invitations to attend.
    Best,
    Joni”

  • Scientists keep eye on runoff from storm water

    With the Las Conchas Fire last year, most were fearing the worst when it came to storm water runoff.

    It certainly was bad but not as bad as it could have been, said Ralph Ford-Schmid from the NMED Department of Energy Oversight Bureau.

    They definitely felt it at Bandelier National Monument as one thunderstorm caused a massive flow down Frijoles Canyon. Sandbags saved the visitor’s center from extensive damage.

    There were floods at Santa Clara Pueblo, Dixon’s Apple Orchard, Peralta Canyon, the Valles Caldera and another that caused a flash flood near El Rancho.

    In all, there were 13 flood events, Ford-Schmid said.

    And how would he classify last year’s events?

  • Bradbury to open new fire exhibit

    Beginning Wednesday, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.” An opening reception for the general public is from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
    Nearly one year ago the Las Conchas fire burned in forest areas surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and forced a one-week closure. The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico. The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to share their stories about the Las Conchas fire and other wildfires, listen to stories told by others and watch a slideshow that describes the community’s response to wildfires.

  • NNSA does aerial survey

    The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete a high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site, a dual-step project initiated last fall.

    The survey began Monday and will run through Wednesday. Residents may notice the silver and blue Bell 412 helicopter flying overhead.  The county release indicated that the NNSA is conducting flights to do aerial radiation surveys over LANL property and the townsite.

    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct this second flyover following a similar survey of lab property in August 2011, after the Las Conchas fire.

  • McMillan: CMRR vital

    Second of a series

    Former White House aide Jon Wolfsthal this week suggested that the architects of the plan to put the plans for a new Chemistry Metallurgy Research facility on ice were none other than LANL director Charlie McMillan and his Livermore and Sandia counterparts.

    “This was the lab directors coming to NNSA and saying, ‘We think we can save you money’ -- perhaps an unprecedented step – and saying, ‘We think we can do plutonium work without building the CMRR in New Mexico,’” Wolfsthal said at an Arms Control Association panel discussion in Washington.

  • NMSBA cited by Dept. of Commerce

    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories and the state of New Mexico, received the 2012 Manufacturing Advocate of the Year award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
    The award was presented in May at the 2012 Manufacturing Innovation conference in Orlando, Fla. for “commitment to the business growth and transformation of U.S.–based manufacturing through work in the manufacturing sector.”

  • Former WH aide: Lab directors urged CMRR delay

    First of a series
    Editor's note: Part 2 will include reaction from LANL director Charlie McMillan.

    WASHINGTON — A former White House aide on Monday said the directors of the U.S. national laboratories “came forward” during closed-door budget-planning sessions five months ago to propose a delay in building a plutonium research facility, a plan that has since drawn Republican fire.

    Lawmakers have taken great interest in what heads of the three main laboratories — Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia — think about the ramifications of delaying work on the $6 billion Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement plant because these institutions play a key role in overseeing the nuclear arsenal.

  • Official rebuts claims

    Second in a series
    LANL Water Stewardship manager Danny Katzman said he was surprised two weeks ago when a watchdog group made claims about groundwater monitoring at the lab.

    Katzman was in attendance for the Espanola Basin Technical Working Group a couple of weeks ago at Santa Fe Community College, making another presentation on the post-fire effects on the Los Alamos Canyon storm water.

  • Caller said 'Allah is great'

    A few more details have been released on Wednesday’s bomb scare at TA-72 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    According to a Los Alamos Police Department incident report, Cpl. Alfred Roybal was dispatched to the scene at 3:50 p.m. and Lt. Preston Ballew and police chief Wayne Torpy arrived shortly thereafter.