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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • MDA-T cleanup costs could top $1 billion

    The complexity of cleaning up a 2.2-acre parcel of land located inside Technical Area-21 (TA-21), known as Material Disposal Area (MDA) T at Los Alamos National Laboratory could push costs as high as $1 billion, according to the Department of Energy; although no final estimate can be determined until a survey of the remediation efforts required is completed.

    MDA-T is near the eastern end of DP Road. Environmental remediation activities at TA-21, including MDA-B, located across from businesses along DP Road on the southern side, have been underway since 2009.

    Nearly 18 million gallons of treated and untreated plutonium wastewater and solvents, or untreated tritium wastewater and solvents, were discharged into the beds on that site until 1967.

  • LANL's MDA-T clean up could hit $1 billion

    Clean up costs for a 2.2-acre parcel of land located inside TA-21, known as Material Disposal Area (MDA) T at Los Alamos National Laboratory could be as high as $1 billion, according to the Department of Energy, although no accurate estimate can be given until a survey is completed.

    MDA-T is near the eastern end of DP Road. Environmental remediation activities at TA-21, including MDA-B, located across from businesses along DP Road on the southern side, have been underway since 2009.

  • LANL scientists earn R&D 100 Awards

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Wednesday applauded its laboratories and production sites for receiving 10 of R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Awards. NNSA-funded research also led to two additional R&D 100 Awards.

    “I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again. The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

  • Anti-nuke protesters busted as prayer vigil concludes

    Officers from the Los Alamos Police Department arrested five protesters at 12:45 p.m. Monday after they reportedly crossed into a secure area (Pajarito Corridor) on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    The protesters are part of the Trinity Nuclear Abolition organization out of Albuquerque. They told authorities that they wanted to get to the CMRR building to conduct a prayer vigil.

    “Los Alamos National Laboratory fully supports the right of peaceful assembly and fully supports the right to free speech,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said. “The laboratory routinely cooperates with activist organizations to facilitate protest activities on laboratory property, but will not tolerate illegal or unsafe actions.”

  • DOE puts out request for WIPP management contract

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Energy is taking bids for management of the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

    Contractor Washington TRU Solutions LLC currently oversees the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, where plutonium-contaminated waste from defense projects is buried in rooms excavated in vast underground salt beds. It's contract was extended last year through 2012.

    DOE says it anticipates awarding a five-year contract with an annual value of $135 million a year and an option for a five-year extension.

  • LANL names fund recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected Manhattan Isotopes Technology, LLC and Vista Therapeutics, Inc. as recipients of $100,000 awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund.
    The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) invests in innovative Northern New Mexico companies seeking to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.
    VAF investments help the companies and their technologies reach the next level of success through business development activities such as proof-of-concept, prototyping, securing initial customers, or additional funding. Projects with an association with LANL technology or expertise receive preference for funding.

  • Reactions are swift to CMRR proposed cut

    The fight is on in Washington after the House Appropriations Committee recommended a $100 million cut to the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos, and the committee also recommended a $175 million cut to the lab’s cleanup efforts.

    In all, the committee cut close to $500 million from the administration’s $7.6 billion weapons program request.

  • LANL, NNSS team up for critical experiment

    At 4:14 p.m. Pacific Time on June 15, a team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory brought the Planet criticality assembly machine located at the Nevada National Security Site to a supercritical point for approximately eight minutes, successfully repeating an experiment last conducted at Los Alamos in 2004.

  • Fire out at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area. On Friday morning, lab spokesperson Steve Sandoval said the fire was out.

    Sandoval said fire crews were on site and “thus were able to respond immediately.” Fire crews were at the site overnight.

    The investigation is continuing, Sandoval said.
    “There will be discussion on what, if any, additional mitigating actions we can implement to lessen a reoccurrence,” Sandoval said. “The fire was in a previously burned area, which was helpful in this instance, i.e., very little fire fuels.”

    Sandoval said all procedures were followed, including all safety procedures.

  • Non-profits to receive $153K

    Nonprofit organizations are receiving more than $153,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The monetary donations from LANS are tied to the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.

    Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is scheduled to make brief remarks as the top volunteers and nonprofit organizations receive recognition from LANS and LANL senior management and representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration.