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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Electrical problem shuts down work at TA-21

    It’s been awfully quiet at TA-21 this week.
    And it’s not because of the latest discovery last Friday when a 1940s-era truck was unearthed by an excavator working at the site.
    Fred DeSousa of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications Department on Thursday morning confirmed there was a problem with the transformer on site.
    “We didn’t have any electricity and we use that to run the air filtration system,” DeSousa said. “We can’t do any work inside the enclosures unless we have an air filtration system.”
    DeSousa said the problem occurred Saturday afternoon when the winds were high.

  • LANL selects two small businesses for monitoring work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced it has selected two small businesses to compete for up to $80 million in well drilling and groundwater monitoring work.
    The work will strengthen the Lab’s ability to address groundwater monitoring requirements and contribute important data to LANL’s investigation of Cold War-era waste sites.
    “Being able to efficiently drill new wells that produce quality groundwater samples is critical to completing our cleanup goals,” said Michael Graham, the Lab’s associate director for Environmental Programs. “And the fact that this work will go to local businesses is great.”

  • U.S. District Court to hear CMRR case

    Two weeks from today, Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group and his lawyers will be in a U.S. District Court room in Albuquerque.

    At 9 a.m. on April 27, Judge Judith Herrera will be hearing arguments from the Los Alamos Study Group and the Department of Energy.

    According to court documents, the complaint seeks a declaratory judgment and mandatory injunction requiring DOE to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), by preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the proposed Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos and its many subprojects.

  • Examining privatization impacts on national labs

    Jeff Colvin, a staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, was in town Thursday, but he wasn’t here to talk science.
    He spent a little over an hour discussing what he views as the ill-effects privatization has had on the DOE/NNSA Labs. About 40 people were in attendance to listen at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
    After it was over, he made a plea to those in attendance, who were mostly employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “The other way to support that privatization has been disastrous to the labs and move forward with de-privatization is to join the union,” Colvin said.

  • Workers find truck buried in TA-21

    It's nothing short of urban legend around here.

    For years rumors have circulated about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945, and was buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road. Lore has it that the truck was so "hot" with radioactivity that after being driven back to Los Alamos--following the first successful test of an atom bomb--it had to be disposed of in some fashion. 

    On  Friday, excavators working the project uncovered a truck buried beneath the westernmost square building on the site, according to Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesperson Fred DeSousa.

  • LANL man named Security Professional of the Year

    Bartolo “Bart” Torres from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected as the 2010 Security Professional of the Year. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) made the announcement Wednesday for the fourth annual Security Professionals of the Year Awards.

    Torres was the primary security and budget expert responsible for developing and implementing significant enhancements to the Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Program, Planning, Budget, and Evaluation (PPBE) process, according a NNSA news release.

  • LA federal workers not expected to be furloughed Monday

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

  • LANL researchers make nuclear fuels advance

     Advances made by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory could enhance the ability of scientists to develop advanced nuclear fuels in a safer, simpler manner.
    Uranium chemistry research relies heavily on a variety of uranium “starting materials”—solids and solutions—that are precursors to uranium compounds of oxygen, nitrogen, halogen, carbon, fluorine, and other elements, all of which are candidates for advanced nuclear fuels.
    Uranium also has been identified as a promising material in developing superconductors, and for use as catalysts—to speed up other chemical reactions.

  • House Republicans call for 'full funding' of nuke infrastructure

    With the deadline of Friday, the pressure is on in Washington to come up with a budget resolution.
    If a compromised is not reached, the federal government will shut down, which means the Los Alamos National Laboratory will have to close.
    Republicans and Democrats, of course, differ on what needs to be cut.
    But they actually do agree on one thing.
    The House Republicans unveiled a budget plan Wednesday morning, which calls for “full funding” to modernize the nuclear weapons infrastructure in the United States.
    The report was light on details, but the report did say, ““full funding for the modernization of the infrastructure that builds and maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons systems.”

  • Crews complete restoration at DP East

    Crews have completed grading and site restoration at the former site of a cluster of buildings on the east end of Technical Area 21. LANL and subcontractor crews demolished 10 structures during the past year with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    Nearly 70,000 square feet of buildings were demolished in the area known as DP East, including the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) facility and the 34,272-square-foot Building 21-209, which housed offices and labs.  The area is part of a large complex located at the end of DP Road in Los Alamos.