Environment

NMED Investigates Misplaced Containers At Lab

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is actively pursuing the matter of two containers of hazardous waste – one containing a quarter-gallon and the other a gallon – that were overpacked into a 55-gallon waste container in late January at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Area L.

A Department spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that upon completion of its investigation, the NMED will “proceed accordingly”.

A March 19 letter from Department of  Energy Permitting and Compliance Manager Karen Armijo and LANS Division


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Petree Garden Center Grand Opening April 7

General Manager Laurel Hardin shows off the birdhouses at the new Petree Garden Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Planters, fountains and indoor plants at Petree Garden Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Petree Garden Center is opening just in time for Spring. Located in the former De Colores Restaurant at 2470 East Road, the Garden Center will hold its grand opening 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7.

“We’re now bringing in trees and cold hard plants,” General Manager Laurel


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More Scenes From Tuesday Snow Storm

Los Alamos blanketed with early spring snow Tuesday. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Scene early Tuesday morning from White Rock. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Tuesday morning snow falls on White Rock. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Snow Tuesday in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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Menicucci: Two Landowners, Two Philosophies Equal One Giant Wildfire Risk Problem

Where a beautiful cabin stood prior to the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, one of the many that burned in the area of Dave Menicucci’s ranch just south of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVE MENICUCCI
Jemez landowner and retired national lab researcher
 
“Look, I am from Nebraska and I bought this vacation place for the trees. If it burns down, I will take my insurance money and buy another place in the trees.” This is what a homeowner in La Cueva said about the dog-haired tinderbox where his well-oiled, all-wood cabin rests.
 
Next to him live full-time residents,

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LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Now Available

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Science news from Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available in the new issue of 1663 magazine.

In this issue:

  • How lightning starts and what it can be used for;
  • Shocks, whirls, and the science of turbulence;
  • Ultrathin metasurfaces for electromagnetic signal control;
  • Zika and chikungunya risk in the United States;
  • The environment and its tiniest inhabitants;
  • …and more.

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.


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NNSA: Uranium Processing Facility Authorized To Start Construction On Main Buildings

NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project has been authorized by Departmental leadership to start construction on the Main Process Building (MPB), Salvage & Accountability Building (SAB), and Process Support Facilities (PSF) subprojects in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex

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Los Alamos Nature Center Open Easter Sunday

Pasqueflowers, also known as Easter flowers, are one of the signs of spring found on local trails this time of year. Visit the nature center to find a trail and learn more about local flora and fauna. Photo by Terry Foxx
 
PEEC News:
 
This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center is open 1-4 p.m. Easter Sunday, a great day to visit and look for signs of spring at the nature center or on area trails.
 
The nature center also is open 7-8 p.m. for a special Flat Earth Debate in the planetarium. Tickets

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Springtime Snow Storm Showers Los Alamos

Snowfall this afternoon at the Los Alamos History Museum. The National Weather Service predicts more scattered rain and snow showers before midnight and a low around 30. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch overnight is possible. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snowfall this afternoon on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow falls this afternoon on Oppie and Groves in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow falls this afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snowfall this afternoon at the Betty


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LAFD Offers Readiness Tips For Wildland Fire Season

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By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The high level of fire danger throughout the Western United States is drawing more and more people to become involved in the Ready, Set, Go! Program, which seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve.

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna says the program helps people in high fire risk areas like Los Alamos to learn what fire resources are available in the event of a fire and what role they as individuals can play in preparedness and


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Heinrich: Conservation Measures Will Grow New Mexico Outdoor Rec Economy, Improve Access To Public Lands

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Henrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today the passage of several conservation measures that he has championed to expand access to public lands and improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s land, water, wildlife, and the communities that depend on them.

The measures were included in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding bill, which passed the House and Senate and has been signed into law.

One of the measures to be signed into


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Nature Center Talk: Cochiti Pueblo Natural Resources

Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky, wildlife biologist for the Pueblo of Cochiti Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, is presenting a talk at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and discussing how he incorporates traditional ecological knowledge in his approach to conservation and land management. Courtesy/PEEC

 
PEEC News:
 
Implementing historical knowledge of landscapes can be difficult in the modern field of conservation. Learn how Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky, wildlife biologist for the Pueblo of Cochiti Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, faces

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PEEC: Connecting Modern To Natural World March 30

PEEC News:
 
Brian Arthur is presenting a free talk at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. In the first part of his program, Arthur will discuss his process and discoveries he made in the evolution of his design work. After his presentation, questions and comments are welcome and there will be an open house of his work.
 
Arthur grew up in Los Alamos and developed a strong affinity and connection to nature at a young age. His favorite subjects in school were Earth Science and Art. Studying how this region formed and going on

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LANL: Public Lectures Explore Powering Space Missions On Mars Begin April 2

Artist’s illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss their Kilopower nuclear reactor project during three Frontiers in Science lectures

Artist’s illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface.

Los Alamos nuclear scientists Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss the small nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory to power missions


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Nature On Tap: The Future Of East Jemez Mountains

PEEC News: 

At the upcoming Nature on Tap, Bandelier National Monument’s Chief of Resource Management Jeremy Sweat and Conservation Coordinator Collin Haffey at The Nature Conservancy will discuss local efforts to study the effects of two landscape-altering wildfires on the Jemez Mountains.

These local experts will provide an engaging discussion about the challenging ecological restoration of this landscape 5:30-7 p.m., April 2 at UnQuarked Wine Bar in Central Park Square.

Climate change, drought, and severe fire have changed the Jemez. Fire is a natural part of this ecosystem,


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LANL: Self-assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found In Quantum Materials

Marc Janoschek, left, and David Fobes discuss features of quantum materials. Courtesy/lanl

LANL News:

A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously.

“This illustrates that if we can learn to control and exploit the remarkable properties at the interfaces of quantum materials, this will likely result in a new generation of devices beyond our current imagination,” said Marc Janoschek, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who, with David Fobes,


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Udall: Climate Change Greatest Threat To Nation

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th “Time to Wake Up” to the threat of climate change speech. 
 

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