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NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

DOE Renews WIPP CSG Cooperative Agreement

on July 23, 2017 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  The Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office renewed a cooperative agreement with the Council of State Governments (CSG) - Midwestern Region for oversight of transportation of transuranic waste through Midwestern states to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The cooperative agreement is for five-years with an estimated cost of approximately $1.4 million.
 
Through the cooperative agreement DOE provides funding to the CSG- Midwestern Region to address issues of common concern among the Midwestern states to include transportation of radioactive TRU waste

LANL Associate Director For Weapon Engineering And Experiments John Benner Accepts MSTS Deputy Site Manager Post

on July 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

Staff Report

In a memo obtained today by the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced the departure of Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments John Benner, who has accepted a position at the Nevada National Security Site.

Below is a copy of the memo:

To: LANL-All
From: Charles F. McMillan
Date: July 21, 2017

Subject: Personnel Change Related to Nevada National Security Site M&O Contract Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently awarded the Management and Operating contract at the Nevada

Udall Advances Strong Funding For New Mexico’s National Laboratories, Water Infrastructure

on July 21, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Udall joins Appropriations Committee in approving $38.4 billion funding bill to support national labs, tech transfer, cleanup, WIPP and water projects throughout New Mexico
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Explores Space Weather

on July 21, 2017 - 8:48am

Geoff Reeves, LANL Fellow and scientist. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Geoff Reeves, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Space Science and Applications group, will discuss the science behind space weather during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “Whether There’s Weather in Space” beginning July 24 in Santa Fe.

“Space is not a dark, cold void as many people think. Instead, it churns with energy—in the form of magnetic fields and electrically-charged particles,” Reeves said.

CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways.

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

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