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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • NNSA disassembles nuclear weapons pits

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced this week that it had successfully disassembled nuclear weapons “pits” and converted them into more than 240 kg of plutonium oxide, an initial step in permanent plutonium disposition.
    The certified oxide is an initial source of feed for NNSA’s Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility, which is currently under construction at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The disassembly, conversion and certification, which were completed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is a significant accomplishment in an ongoing effort to safely dispose of surplus weapon-grade plutonium.

  • LANL sets waste hauling record

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has set a new LANL record for the amount of transuranic (TRU) waste from past nuclearoperations shipped in a single year to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM. In fact, the lab has shipped record numbers of transuranic waste each of the past three years.

    The lab’s TRU Waste Program completed 171 shipments in the past fiscal year, between October 2010 and September 2011, breaking last year’s record of 158. The Lab has ramped up its waste disposal effort and has transported more than 450 shipments safely to WIPP since 2009.

  • Researcher nets Presidential Award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Evgenya Simakov has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

    Simakov, of the Laboratory’s Acceleration and Operations Technology Division, was one of 94 scientists within 16 federal agencies nationwide to receive the honor.

  • LANL Researcher Nets Presidential Early Career Award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Evgenya Simakov has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Simakov, of the Laboratory’s Acceleration and Operations Technology Division, was one of 94 scientists within 16 federal agencies nationwide to receive the honor.

  • Aspen probe widens

    Officials are still working on the autopsy of the infamous aspen tree that caused the largest wildfire in New Mexico history and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Town Site.
    Last month, Bob Parmenter, Dennis Trujillo, and Rebecca Oertel from the Valles Caldera, and Craig Allen, Collin Haffey, and Leanna Lucore from Bandelier, discovered the tree lying across the power line right-of-way on a ridge-top about a quarter mile west of Las Conchas.

  • Safety Board eyes criticality issues during LANL inspection

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was in Los Alamos last month to meet with NNSA and lab officials and tour transuranic waste operations at Area G and review seismic upgrades the Plutonium Facility.

    In a memorandum dated Aug. 19, addressed to technical director T.J. Dwyer, a number of infractions were uncovered.

    At the Plutonium facility, a criticality safety infraction was declared. Nuclear criticality safety is dedicated to the prevention of  accidents resulting from an inadvertent, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

  • Seismic issues rumble to surface

    The general thrust of Joni Arends’ presentation at Tuesday night’s Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project meeting was that the facility had to be designed for an 8.0 magnitude earthquake.

    Lab officials, meanwhile, contend that the design should be able to withstand a 7.27 earthquake.

    So who is right?

    “Some of the points that were brought up in presentations were addressed in responses provided to comments made on the CMRR Supplemental EIS,” LANL’s Larry Goen said Wednesday. “The information we have gathered from the paleoseismic investigations do not suggest earthquakes as large as Magnitude 8 occur on the Pajarito Fault System.”

  • Two exhibits to open at Bradbury

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum will unveil two exhibits next week and hosts a talk about Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman on Sept.  29.
    All the events are open to the public and coincide with Los Alamos County’s “See You In September” celebration of Cultural Heritage Month.
    The museum opens its “Fireset” exhibit with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session with Laboratory retiree Glenn McDuff.

  • NMED begins talks with LANL on clean-up

    The New Mexico Environment Department met with representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory on Monday to establish a framework for moving forward on Governor Martinez’s clean-up priorities for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “Governor Martinez has emphasized that continued acceleration of above ground transuranic (TRU) waste disposal is a major priority, and protection of ground water and drinking water systems must continue to be priorities notwithstanding potential federal budget decreases,” New Mexico Environment Secretary David Martin said.  

  • Expect delays on truck route

    Drilling operations to affect traffic on the LANL Truck Route
     
    A new groundwater well is scheduled to be drilled on the north side of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Truck Route beginning Saturday, and drivers headed to and from the lab should be aware of trucks turning onto and off the roadway in that area.
     The point for trucks entering and exiting the roadway corresponds to where the passing lane begins, about a mile east of the laboratory security force firing range, or just over two miles from the junction of the Truck Route with State Road 4.  
     Drivers coming down the hill should be especially careful to observe posted speed limits and watch for traffic slowdowns.