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Advanced Reactor Development To Strengthen Nuclear Power’s Role In Combating Climate Change

on November 7, 2015 - 8:00am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made two announcements today at the White House Summit on Nuclear Energy that will bolster our nation’s commitment to nuclear power as a clean energy solution for combating climate change.
 
One of the efforts by DOE will accelerate the development of advanced designs for nuclear reactors through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).
 
Additionally, DOE’s Loan Programs Office will issue a supplement to the agency’s existing Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects loan guarantee solicitation that

Air Quality Meeting In Four Corners Region

on November 7, 2015 - 7:02am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The Four Corners Air Quality Group will meet Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., to report upon and discuss regional air quality issues.
 
The States of New Mexico and Colorado, with their partners, sponsor the Four Corners Air Quality Group to support the ongoing effort of managing air quality in the Four Corners area. 
 
Ozone standards, which were recently revised by the U.S.

Preservation Of 5,900 Acre Double E Ranch Celebrated At WNMU In Silver City

on November 6, 2015 - 12:26pm
 
NMONR News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the United States Department of the Interior completed a cooperative natural resource damage assessment associated with natural resources in New Mexico, which had been injured, destroyed, or lost as a result of the release of hazardous substances into the environment.
 
They solicited a broad range of ideas for potential restoration projects from local, state, and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; stakeholder groups; and private citizens.
 
The Double E Ranch was one of the top seven projects selected.
 
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Chromium Project Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Action Public Comment Period Closes Nov. 20

on November 6, 2015 - 12:22pm
DEEM News:
 
The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
The proposed action may include well pad and access road installation and maintenance, piezometer placement, and pipeline placement in the 100-year floodplain in Mortandad and Sandia canyons on LANL.
 
The objectives of the proposed actions are to control migration of the chromium plume and to further characterize and study the chromium

Access To Los Alamos Reservoir And Surrounding Area Closed Nov. 9, 2015 Through June 30, 2016

on November 6, 2015 - 11:15am

The access road leading up to the reservoir shows flood damage. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian and motor vehicle access to the Los Alamos Reservoir will be restricted Monday, Nov. 9, and continue through June 2016. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities awarded a contract to CBKN Dirtworks, Inc. to restore the reservoir after several flood events filled it with sediment and compromised the access road.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing the single dirt road leading up to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam and Reservoir rendering the

New Mexico, Colorado Lawmakers To Introduce Mining Reform Legislation In Response To Gold King Mine Blowout

on November 5, 2015 - 8:31am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bill will ensure mining companies pay royalties to help prevent future disasters

Today, at 10 a.m., U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. will hold a press conference call to unveil legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws.

The senators are introducing the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015, which will ensure mining companies pay royalties for the privilege of extracting public resources from public lands so that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning up

NNMCAB Holds Special Meeting Nov. 12

on November 4, 2015 - 12:47pm
NNMCAB News:
 
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) is one of eight Site-Specific Advisory Boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities.
 
Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.
 
The NNMCAB will hold a Special Meeting to learn about proposed changes to the 2005 Order on Consent, 1-4:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-B Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque.
 
New Mexico

Sea Monsters Planetarium Movie & Talk Nov. 13

on November 4, 2015 - 7:17am
 
PEEC News:

Watch 82 million-year-old animals come to life at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

 
Local paleontologist Ralph Chapman will give a special presentation to set the stage for the film Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure. Take a journey back in time to see some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures ever to inhabit the sea.
 
Unexpected discoveries gave paleontologists vital information for creating this film about a time when the middle of North America was an inland sea, home to strange, yet oddly familiar creatures.
 
Sea Monsters

At The Centre Of The Tuning Fork

on November 3, 2015 - 10:51am

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin (STScI) Acknowledgement.Judy Schmidt (www.geckzilla.com/)

SCIENCE News:

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820 and is classified as a lenticular galaxy — type S0 on the Hubble Tuning Fork.

The Hubble Tuning Fork is used to classify galaxies according to their morphology. Elliptical galaxies look like smooth blobs in the sky and lie on the handle of the fork.

Los Alamos Scientist Part Of NASA’s Select Few Hunting For Meteorites In Antarctica

on November 3, 2015 - 10:23am

LANL scientist Nina Lanza at the summit of Hvannadalsnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, practicing glacier travel techniques similar to those needed for Antarctic fieldwork. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nina Lanza, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group, was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-2016 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, which is supported by NASA.

“These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids.

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