Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 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.

  • CMRR faces possible budget cut

    The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to cut $100 million in FY 12 funding for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The committee recommended allocating $200 million for the project, 33 percent below the budget request.

    It’s nowhere near a done deal.

    The Energy and Water appropriation bill must now be passed by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.

    In his report, subcommittee chairman Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ) said the National Nuclear Security Administration has a lot of work to do.

  • Walp wants authorities to reopen probe

    Convinced there was more to uncover during an investigation from 2002 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, former Office of Security Inquiries (OSI) Leader Glenn A. Walp said he intends to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help.

    Because of information that surfaced in 2010, Walp said he will be in New Mexico the first week in July and plans to meet with agents and ask the bureau to reopen its case into wrongdoing that he began to uncover after the lab hired him in January 2002.

  • Taxpayers to foot hefty lab pension tabs

    A Manhattan Project-era business model is responsible for a $1.7 billion dollar tab that taxpayers will have to pick up next year to cover ballooning pension liabilities for the national labs.

    As more scientists and engineers become eligible for retirement, future liabilities represent potentially billions of dollars more, according to a report released the last day of May by the Government Accountability Office. The findings reveal that the Department of Energy has been lax in examining other post-retirement costs, such as health care, which factor into the overall reimbursements DOE makes to contractors like Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, URS, and Lockheed Martin, which manage operations at national labs like Los Alamos and Sandia here in New Mexico.

  • Lab program helps small businesses overcome technical challenges

    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program is ready to help small New Mexico enterprises overcome technical challenges. The free program, run jointly by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, leverages the laboratories’ expertise and capabilities to promote regional economic development.
    Although small businesses need not be technology-based to apply, the challenges they face must be potentially solvable using Los Alamos or Sandia resources and expertise, and reasonably priced assistance from the private sector must not be available.

  • LANL Foundation receives $715K for First Born Program

    Since its founding in 1997, the First Born Program (FBP) has been committed to serving first time families and women pregnant for the first time. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has been awarded a $715,000 grant for the First Born Program by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue its signature brand of home prenatal support and community based family curriculum.
    “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant will help the LANL Foundation expand services to young children and their families in New Mexico. We are thrilled to be a partner in their initiative to help New Mexico improve early childhood wellbeing,” Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation said.

  • A mineral is born: Terrywallaceite

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering has been granted the unusual and prestigious honor of having a mineral named after him.
    On June 2, the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification officially added “Terrywallaceite” to its roster of known minerals. Terrywallaceite is an extremely rare silver-based mineral that was discovered in 2005 about 180 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, by William Pinch and characterized by a University of Arizona mineralogy team led by Robert Downs.