LANL is waiting to hear about help for Puerto Rico

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By Tris DeRoma

The Department of Energy has not yet responded to New Mexico’s congressional delegation’s letter not to forget the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s expertise in helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and Irma.
A DOE spokesperson, speaking on background, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already directed the DOE and the Army Corps of Engineers to supply the Caribbean island with the manpower and technology it needs to stabilize and restore the island’s power grid.
“USACE continues to work hard and do everything possible to support FEMA, the government of Puerto Rico and the people of the island,” a statement in a DOE factsheet said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DOE are currently working with Puerto Rico Power Authority and the Puerto Rican government to immediately restore power to the remote Caribbean island.
The spokesman also said they are aware of the resources LANL could offer but the department and its Army Engineer Corps partners are taking care of the situation. The Corps is also receiving help from other U.S. agencies, including the DOE’s Western Area Power Administration.
According to the DOE, the efforts mark the largest temporary power mission in history for the 249th Engineer Battalion on U.S. soil.

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