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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 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.

  • 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.