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LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

FBI: Eric Matthew Reddick Pleads Guilty To Federal Armed Robbery And Firearms Charges

on December 4, 2017 - 3:18pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Eric Matthew Reddick, 22, of Albuquerque, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court to a two-count indictment charging him with violating the Hobbs Act and federal firearms laws. 
 
The charges against Reddick arise out of the armed robbery of a convenience store Oct. 6, 2017, during which Reddick shot and injured two individuals. Reddick entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. 
 
Acting U.S. Attorney James D.

Strong Support For Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

on December 4, 2017 - 3:16pm
ESC News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.
 
“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition said.

Documentary Shines Spotlight On Influential Manhattan Project Scientist Dr. Raemer Schreiber

on December 4, 2017 - 3:11pm
An MP with Dr. Raemer Schreiber. Courtesy photo
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ben Saunders’ grandfather, Dr. Raemer Schreiber, or Schreib to his friends, had an extraordinary career during and after the Manhattan Project. In fact, Schreiber’s work caught the interest of Documentarian John Webb so much so that Webb reached out to Saunders about doing a documentary about his grandfather.  

 

Saunders said Webb felt his grandfather was a “person who had a story that needed to be told.”

 

After three years crafting this story, the film, “Half-Life of a Genius,”

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Urges Legislature To Address Physical And Verbal Harassment

on December 4, 2017 - 10:47am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) has sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leaders urging them to include the topics of physical and verbal harassment in their announced mandatory training and “No Harassment” policy revisions. 
 
Maestas Barnes made her request after describing incidents of physical and verbal intimidation she experienced during previous legislative sessions.  
 
“I share my story now because I believe it raises important issues about how matters of harassment are handled in Legislature,” Maestas

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Shipments Resume

on December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad resumed Nov. 8. In this photo, the initial shipment is loaded into a Trupact-II container at the Laboratory’s Technical Area 55 Nov. 7. The first shipment was successfully delivered to WIPP and contained sealed radioactive sources from the Off Site Source Recovery Program (OSRP). OSRP is a NNSA program managed by LANL. Since 1997, OSRP has been able to recover more than 39,400 sources from more than 1,390 sites, including all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and 25 foreign countries.

Governor Appoints Wayne Johnson NM State Auditor

on December 4, 2017 - 10:08am

Wayne Johnson

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Bernalillo County Commissioner and business owner Wayne Johnson as New Mexico State Auditor.

Johnson is currently serving his second term as a Bernalillo County Commissioner where he was elected as Vice Chair in 2016. Johnson is also the owner and president of Vista Media Productions, Inc. and a member of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

“It is very clear from Wayne Johnson’s background that he will put the interests of New Mexicans first as State Auditor,” said Governor Susana Martinez.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

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