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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 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.

  • Activists question groundwater data

    First of a series
    Editor’s note: Coming Sunday will be LANL’s response to the groundwater accusations.

    Registered Geologist Robert H. Gilkeson and Joni Arends of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety made quite a splash at the Espanola Basin Technical Working Group a couple of weeks ago at Santa Fe Community College.

    In a presentation, Gilkeson and Arends claimed that the necessary networks of monitoring wells to detect groundwater contamination from the LANL waste dumps do not exist.

  • LANL raises bar with May shipments

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Transuranic Waste Program is looking at another record-setting month for the amount of TRU waste leaving Area G, and headed off the hill to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for permanent disposal.

    LANL exceeded its planned removal of TRU waste from Area G in April, shipping more than 91 cubic meters of waste to WIPP — more than the lab has ever shipped there in a single month.

    The lab is headed for an even more successful May, with 99 cubic meters shipped to WIPP as of May 22.

  • Lab selected for ultrasonic technology

    The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) has selected the lab’s Ultrasonic Algae Harvesting technology for Phase II development. The technology is based on LANL’s R&D 100 Award-winning Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester. Research and development to refine the technology at lab-scale has been in progress through NAABB since April 2010.

  • SFCC to hold biofuel awareness event Friday

    SANTA FE, NM – The Santa Fe Community College Centers of Excellence Biofuels Program will host a Biofuels Awareness Event including facility and equipment tours and demonstrations on Friday, May 25 at 10 am. The event will take place in the Biofuels Lab, Room 819 in the college’s Trades and Advanced Technology Center, 6401 Richards Avenue in Santa Fe.

    “SFCC received a Centers of Excellence Department of Labor grant to boost existing training programs, making them more relevant to today’s green job opportunities,” said Randy Grissom, SFCC’s Dean of Economic Workforce Development and Director of the Sustainable Technologies Center.

  • Two from LANL selected for DOE Early Career Awards

    Amy Clarke of Los Alamos National Lab’s Metallurgy group and Ivan Vitev of the lab’s Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group are among the recipients of the DOE Office of Science 2012 Early Career Awards.
    The DOE Office of Science recently announced the researchers who have been selected for a financial award under the fiscal year 2012 Early Career Research Program.
    The funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the Office of Science.

  • Bill would weaken oversight

    The House version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is not just about restoring funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    That’s only $160 million out of a $643 billion defense appropriations bill.

    But it’s certainly the biggest news that affects the Northern New Mexico region especially after the House and Senate Appropriation Committees as well as the Obama Administration zeroed out funding and deferred the CMRR project for five years,

    According to the Project on Government Oversight website, however, there are several amendments to the bill that would weaken important checks on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

  • CMRR funding fight heads to Senate

    Ignoring a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a $642 billion defense budget Friday that breaks a deficit-cutting deal with President Barack Obama and restricts his authority in an election-year challenge to the Democratic commander in chief.

    The House voted 299-120 for the fiscal 2013 spending blueprint that authorizes money for weapons, aircraft, ships and the war in Afghanistan — $8 billion more than Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to last summer in the clamor for fiscal austerity.

  • NNMCAB celebrates new Pojoaque home

    The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board (NNMCAB) played host this week to about 50 people who turned out to celebrate the opening of the NNMCAB’s new office in Pojoaque.

    The office building is located at 94 Cities of Gold Road, next to the Pojoaque Visitors Center, and it serves as administrative office, meeting place and reading room for regulatory documents associated with environmental work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).