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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Senior lab engineer sues for $15 million

    Samuel M. Roberts was a senior lab engineer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory (N.Y.) for Laser Energetics when a pipe broke loose from a bracket during an experiment in August 2008.
    According to the suit, the pipe and bracket, weighing more than 100 pounds, struck Roberts in the head, fractured his spine and left him a quadriplegic. Roberts filed a $15 million lawsuit last week against Los Alamos National Security LLC and Los Alamos scientist Hans W. Herrmann, who co-directed the experiment that was under way when Roberts was injured.

  • CMRR project update: 'There's nothing to sink your teeth into'

    Since 2005, as part of the settlement between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a network of community groups, it was required that the lab hold semi-annual meetings in regards to the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project.

    On Thursday night at Fuller Lodge, the 11th such meeting was held as a standing-room only crowd was in attendance.

    Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group perhaps may have summed it up best near the end of the meeting when he said, “there is nothing to sink your teeth into.”

  • NMED leverages resources on community outreach

    ESPAÑOLA — The decision to disband the Community Radiation Monitoring Group (CRMG) did not sit well with those who have been there from the start.
    The announcement came was delivered via an email that was received five days prior to what would be the final CRMG meeting on Wednesday in Española.

  • Lab gets six pollution prevention awards

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has captured six 2010 National Nuclear Security Administration Pollution Prevention awards for projects ranging from energy savings to creating fuels from algae.
    One Lab team earned a “Best in Class” award for changing the way it heats electroplating baths, saving enough energy to heat more than 14 homes for a year. Additional improvements will allow the team to recycle and reuse about 250,000 gallons of water annually, saving $1.2 million in treatment costs.

  • Cielo cleared for classified operation use

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that its supercomputer platform Cielo has been approved for classified operations.
    Cielo, which supports Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, is a petascale supercomputer that helps NNSA ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing.

  • Bulb crusher used throughout LANL

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory this month expanded the use of a fluorescent bulb-crushing machine to handle waste bulbs Labwide. Itís a move that could save tens of thousands of dollars in waste disposal fees and will prevent mercury from escaping into the environment.

  • Failed launch sends Glory satellite into Pacific

    WASHINGTON  — A rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean after a failed launch attempt Friday, the second-straight blow to NASA’s weakened environmental monitoring program.
    The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory satellite lifted off early Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but fell to the sea several minutes later. The same thing happened to another climate-monitoring satellite two years ago with the same type of rocket.

  • Where the major players are now

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a multi-part series

    Corruption and cover-up in the early part of the last decade called into question the University of California’s contract to operate Los Alamos National Laboratory on behalf of the Department of Energy for the first time in 60 years.

    Texas Congressman Joe Barton, who chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee at the time, suggested one way to clean up corruption at the lab was to shut it down.

  • Experts Debate Suicide Ruling

    Editor's Note: This is the third in a multi-part series.

    An investigation began last summer as part of a March 2005 whistleblower lawsuit brought by former Los Alamos National Laboratory auditor Charles Montaño. The probe hit on a previously missing link that tied former LANL Deputy Director of Operations Richard Burick to Pete Bussolini, a former facilities maintenance manager at the lab.

  • Many Twists and Turns in LANL Whistleblower Case

    Editor’s Note: This is the second of a multi-part series.
     
    It took years to reach closure on the court case former Los Alamos National Laboratory auditor Charles (Chuck) Montaño launched against his employers alleging whistleblower retaliation.

    Montaño filed the retaliation lawsuit in March 2005 against the regents of the University of California, d/b/a Los Alamos National Laboratory and LANL officials Richard Marquez, John Bretzke, the estate of Vernon Brown and William Barr.