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Board Upholds LANL Clean Air Operating Permit

on January 1, 2016 - 8:40am

Kathy Sanchez, the environmental health and justice program manager of Tewa Woman United, an intertribal women’s collective in Northern New Mexico, testified recently on behalf of additional clean air measures at LANL. Courtesy photo

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE  Despite eloquent testimony by Kathy Sanchez, the great-granddaughter of world famous Pueblo de San Ildefonso pottery maker, Maria Antonia Martinez, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board denied a permit appeal in which she and others sought additional air quality monitoring in a few designated

WIPP Emergency Operations Center Deactivated

on December 31, 2015 - 8:11am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been deactivated after successfully coordinating resources to improve driving conditions so that employees can possibly return to work at the WIPP site Thursday, Dec. 31.

The Level 1 EOC activation, which began at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, was ordered to support the coordination of necessary resources needed to safely restore normal operations at WIPP due to the recent severe winter storm that dumped 15 inches of snow on the area.

Icy and snow packed road conditions made it

Governor Issues Executive Order To Help Ensure Supply Of Propane After Massive Snowstorm

on December 31, 2015 - 7:05am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order  to help keep up the supply of propane throughout the state as a result of the massive snowstorm that has impacted communities throughout New Mexico. 
 
The governor's executive order suspends regulations on the number of hours that propane suppliers may drive in order to expedite its delivery into the state.

“We continue to coordinate storm response efforts through all state and local partners,” Martinez said.

Craig Martin: What PEEC Means To Me

on December 30, 2015 - 9:45am

Craig Martin

PEEC News:

My mentor told me I should always be connected to the place I live. PEEC understands that connecting who we are, where we are, and why we live in the place we do is so important to our basic happiness.

Our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies are why I live here. I think many people feel the same--they love and understand that special connection to our landscape.

Donating to make the nature center building happen was amazing for me. I continue to give, because I know PEEC has the potential to do even more. Please join me.

Udall Provision Requiring Report On Burn Pits Will Help Advance Care For Veterans Of Iraq And Afghanistan

on December 29, 2015 - 1:00pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he secured a provision in the “omnibus” appropriations bill signed by the president last week requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report on the status and findings of its burn pit registry.
 
The registry — which was created by Udall’s Burn Pits Registry Act — is the first step toward providing medical care and research for service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Udall is working to ensure the VA and

I-40 Reopens In Stages Following Storm

on December 29, 2015 - 12:38pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced that Interstate 40 is reopening in the eastbound direction to the Texas state line.
 
The opening is occuring in phases so that traffic can be controlled and cleared in an orderly manner. Crews from NMDOT worked throughout the night in order to have I40 reopened.
 
Santa Rosa and Tucumcari have already been reopened to travelers. Moriarty will open at 9 a.m., and Albuquerque will open at 9:30 a.m.
 
NMDOT urges drivers to use caution when traveling on the roadways.

WIPP Emergency Operations Center Activated On Limited Basis

on December 29, 2015 - 10:57am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD – At approximately, 9 a.m. today, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced a Level 1 activation to support coordination of resources needed to safely restore normal operations at WIPP due to the recent severe snow storm in southeast New Mexico.

The icy and snow packed road conditions have made road conditions difficult for the workforce to commute to the WIPP site.

NNSA’s Asset Management Program Completes Pilot

on December 27, 2015 - 9:57am

NNSA News:
  • New initiative accelerates infrastructure repairs while increasing buying power

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced completion of a $520,000 pilot to replace a roof, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system for the Core Library and Data Center at Mercury, Nev. (http://nevada.usgs.gov/mercury/). 

The library was established as a repository for geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical data and materials collected in support of the U.S.

U.S. Demonstrates Production Of Fuel For Missions To The Solar System And Beyond

on December 26, 2015 - 8:31am
DOE News:
 
The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy‘s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.
 
The production of 50 grams of plutonium-238–roughly the mass of a golf ball–marks the first demonstration in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.
 
Radioisotope power systems convert heat from the natural radioactive decay of the isotope plutonium-238 into electricity.
 
These systems have been used to

Three Planetarium Shows During Winter Break

on December 25, 2015 - 8:54am

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