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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANL installs additional protective flood measures

    Los Alamos National Laboratory work crews completed additional flood and erosion-control measures this week to reduce the environmental effects of any flash floods following the Las Conchas Fire.

    Crews installed concrete barriers to protect wellheads, utility poles and underground natural gas lines in Los Alamos Canyon. They also installed sampling gauges on the lab’s western boundary to compare run-on water with run-off water and collected samples from fish at Cochiti Reservoir.

    Sampling is being coordinated with the New Mexico Environment Department and other agencies, and all results will be made public. Additional fish samples will be collected from the Rio Grande and at Cochiti Reservoir before and after the summer monsoons for comparison.

  • LASG brings CMRR argument to town

    The Los Alamos Study Group (LASG) regularly holds meetings in Santa Fe.

    On Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge, the group came to Los Alamos to present its case against the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility.

    Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of LASG, presented various arguments against building the proposed plutonium facility, which included the cost of the project, possible conflicts between construction of CMRR with several other Los Alamos National Laboratory projects and an assertion that the facility is not necessary.

    Because of pending litigation, no one from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration or LANL attended the forum.

  • Anti-nuke group vows to fight Manhattan project parks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anti-nuclear activists are lining up against legislation to create national parks at Los Alamos National Laboratory and two other sites where the world's first nuclear bombs were developed, calling the plan an expensive glorification of an ugly chapter in history.

    "It is a debasement of the national parks idea," said Greg Mello, a co-founder of the anti-nuclear watchdog, Los Alamos Study Group.

  • Fire protections outlined at TA-21

    Effective safety procedures in place at Los Alamos National Laboratory would have provided protections in the event that the Las Conchas fire had spread to the site of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project located in TA-21 off DP Road.

    “Our procedures not only placed the waste excavation site, Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B), into a safe posture so it was well protected during the fire, but also allowed us to resume work quickly,” said Project Director Al Chaloupka.

    The largest wildfire in New Mexico history forced the lab to close for more than a week. While firefighters battled the fire, Recovery Act project officials were making plans to restart excavation of MDA-B when it was safe to return to Los Alamos.

  • LANL Closes Road, Trails for Safety Reasons

    Los Alamos National Laboratory late Friday announced the closure of all publicly-accessible trails on lab property as well as West Road, which leads from the Los Alamos town site into Los Alamos Canyon.  The closure is in response to the increased fire risk and danger of flash flooding in these areas following damage to canyon headlands during the Las Conchas Fire.

    “It’s an effort to ensure people’s safety and reduce the risk of injury and damage to property and sensitive natural and cultural resources,” said Chris Cantwell, LANL’s associate director for environment, safety, health, and quality.  

    Closure signs will be posted in coming days.

    The lab also cancelled all non-essential off-road work activity.

  • LANL preps to re-open Wednesday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced it will re-open to employees on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, after being closed for more than a week during the Las Conchas fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

    Laboratory Director Charles McMillan today issued a memo to Laboratory employees outlining the re-opening plan.

  • Fire mitigation efforts ongoing at laboratory

    Though no fires are burning on Los Alamos National Laboratory property, numerous personnel are actively engaged in fire mitigation projects throughout the Laboratory’s 36 square miles.

  • Fire Mitigation Efforts Ongoing at Laboratory

    Though no fires are burning on Los Alamos National Laboratory property, numerous personnel are actively engaged in fire mitigation projects throughout the Laboratory’s 36 square miles.

  • Lab to remain shuttered through Friday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday afternoon announced it will remain closed through Friday, July 1 because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

  • Lab announces closure Thursday, Friday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain closed through Friday because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.