Udall: ‘I was most impressed by the scientists’

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By Garrison Wells

For New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, the takeaway from a whirlwind tour of a clean-up area at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was twofold. He was impressed by the lab’s scientific nature and plans to press for additional funds to continue the lab’s work.
That’s good news for Los Alamos, an economy that is heavily reliant on the lab.
“I was most impressed by the scientists and their work there,” Udall said.
Snaring funds for the cleanup “is always a struggle because you have the base number,” Udall said. “We have to fight for that every year. I think we should be at the base, at least.”
Udall met with lab, Department of Energy and National Nuclear Safety Administration at their office on DP Road where he was given a briefing on projects using Recovery Act funds.
Among other projects was a talk on the lab’s Solar Thermal Storage project by Stephen Obrey. The project is drawing attention among venture capitalists in Washington, D.C., Obrey said.
Technical Area-21, however, was the star of the show. TA-21 is an area where scientists developed a plutonium heat source for the Cassini and Galileo space probes.

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