Environment

Los Alamos National Laboratory Looks At What’s Driving Re-Burns Across California & The West

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shares a news story on what’s driving re-burns across California and the West. Seasonal temperature, moisture loss from plants and wind speed are what primarily drive fires that sweep across the same landscape multiple times, a new study reveals. These findings and others could help land managers plan more effective treatments in areas susceptible to fire, particularly in the fire-ravaged wildland-urban interfaces of California. Read the full article here. Read More

DOE Issues Final Rule On Part 810 Civil Penalties

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Rule in the Federal Register, establishing procedures for the assessment and imposition of civil penalties for certain violations of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended.

It strengthens the Department’s ability to enforce regulations governing exports of unclassified civil nuclear technology. 

“DOE believes that U.S. companies generally comply with the Part 810 regulation, and this Final Rule does not alter its scope. Instead, the Final Rule establishes procedures for DOE to impose monetary civil

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Wildfire Preparedness: Resolve To Be Ready In 2023

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round campaign continues in 2023 with monthly wildfire preparedness messages from the Santa Fe National Forest, in partnership with Fire Adapted New Mexico learning network, agencies and non-governmental organizations.

While winter may provide a break from wildfire activity, wildfires are possible during any time of year. As this new year begins, the message for January is Resolve to be Ready.

In spite of recent snow in many parts of the state, New Mexico is still expected to have a dry, “La Niña” winter following the 2022 monsoon Read More

Santa Fe Baldy Covered In Snow

Santa Fe Baldy covered in snow spotted Thursday on a drive back to Los Alamos. Santa Fe Baldy is a prominent summit in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At an elevation of 12,632′, there are no higher mountains in New Mexico south of Santa Fe Baldy. Source: Wikipedia. Photo by Ken Hanson
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Receipt Of Response To Transmittal Of Updated FY-23 Appendices To 2016 Compliance Order Added To LANL Electronic Public Reading Room

LANL News:

Per regulatory requirements, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announces new documents have been added to the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Electronic Public Reading Room.

All legacy cleanup documents required to be posted after April 30, 2018, are available on the site linked above.

For legacy cleanup documents that were posted prior to April 30, 2018, please visit the LANL electronic public reading room:

  • Receipt of the Response to the Transmittal of Updated Fiscal Year 2023 Appendices A, B, and C to the 2016 Compliance Order on Consent (Link)

Members of the public with Read More

Workers Move Snow Into Large Pile On Deacon Street

Tuesday’s winter storm leaves behind a large pile of snow, which workers move together in a parking lot behind the old CB Fox department store on Deacon Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com Read More

New Mexico Seeks To Regulate Polluted Water Discharges In Face Of Changing Federal Rules

NMED Communications Director Matt Maez

By SCOTT WYLAND
The Santa Fe New Mexican

As a changing climate depletes New Mexico’s rivers, lakes and streams, conservationists and regulators believe it’s time for the state to protect its surface waters rather than depend on the federal government to do it.

The 23-year drought in the U.S. Southwest is underscoring the need to treat every drop of water as precious, with no room for collateral damage from polluters, water advocates say.

The problem with the state relying on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate its surface waters was brought Read More

Posts From Antartica: Penguins, Seals, Whales & Glaciers

Longtime Los Alamos residents Kimber and Rob Heineman who now reside off the hill spotted this lone penguin during a recent trip to Antarctica. At the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, Antarctica is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, Read More

Request To Use Equivalent U.S. EPA Method For Measurement Of Potentiometric pH In Waste Processes Added To LANL Legacy Cleanup Electronic Reading Room

LANL News:

Per regulatory requirements, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announces new documents have been added to the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Electronic Public Reading Room.

All legacy cleanup documents required to be posted after April 30, 2018, are available on the site linked above.

For legacy cleanup documents that were posted prior to April 30, 2018, visit the LANL electronic public reading room:

  • Request to Use an Equivalent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Method for Measurement of Potentiometric pH in the Waste Processes in Dome 231 for the Los Alamos National
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Opening Day Gift At Pajarito: Five Inches Of Powder!

Pajarito opens the season today with five more inches of snow on top of the 26 inches received during the last week. Courtesy/Pajarito

Pajarito Mountain news:

Pajarito Mountain is starting the season off right today with five more inches of snow, on top of the 26″ inches received during the last week.

General Manager Tom Long said these are the best conditions for opening day in 20 years.

Visit the Pajarito mountain blog for all the details on opening weekend, plus an updated terrain map that shows what will be open today.

Mother Chair is expected to open Sunday, so visit the snow report for Read More

Stansbury And Kim Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Wildfire Communications & Information Sharing

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Representatives Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) and Young Kim (Calif.-40) introduced the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Wildland Fire Communications and Information Dissemination Act (H.R. 369) to boost communications and information sharing efforts between first responders, fire management response officials and community members during wildfires.

Rep. Joe Neguse (Colo.-02) joined as an original cosponsor.

Rep. Stansbury initially introduced the bill with Rep. Kim during Read More

County: Water Main Break On Connie Avenue In White Rock

COUNTY News:

Residents on Connie Avenue may experience low water pressure due to a water main break in the neighborhood.

Traffic will be closed to through traffic from Cheryl to Aragon Street while Gas, Water & Sewer crews from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) repair the break.

It is unknown at this time how long the repairs will take to complete, but it may be up to eight hours. Read More

Pajarito Opens This Saturday!

Pajarito Mountain opens Saturday, Jan. 21. Courtesy/PajaritoMountain

From the Team at Pajarito Mountain:

Pajarito opens this Saturday, Jan. 21.

With more than two feet of snow over the past week, Mother Nature finally showed up, and the mountain conditions are incredible. The mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday and Friday-Sunday next week.

Officials will be evaluating options for opening more during the week in the coming days.

The mountain operations team has worked tirelessly to get the slopes ready, and have been hiring as quickly as possible to become fully staffed this season. Read More

Off-Site Waste Shipment For Final Disposal Activities Added To LANL Legacy Cleanup Electronic Public Reading Room

LANL News:

Per regulatory requirements, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announces new documents have been added to the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Electronic Public Reading Room.

All legacy cleanup documents required to be posted after April 30, 2018, are available on the site linked above.

For legacy cleanup documents that were posted prior to April 30, 2018, please visit the LANL electronic public reading room:

  • Notice of Completion of Off-Site Waste Shipment for Final Disposal, Activities 3.1.2, 3.3.4 and 4.0, Compliance Plan, Site Treatment Plan, Federal Facility
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Rotary Hears From Expert Birder Dr. Jonathan Dowell

Jonathan Dowell recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about his avid interest in birding. Photo by Linda Hull

Birder Jonathan Dowell, with assistance from wife Tessa, found and photographed this rare Bohemian Waxwing in White Rock just days ago. Photo by Jonathan Dowell

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Sporting a bright blue t-shirt with “I watch birds and I know things” emblazoned on the front, Dr. Jonathan Dowell, who has been a birder for many years, described his interest in our feathered friends to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, at the Jan. 10 meeting.  Read More

Kiwanis Club To Host Aluminum Can Collection Saturday

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club will be collecting and buying aluminum cans Saturday, Jan. 21, to be sent for recycling. The collection location is the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field). Collection hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is encouraged to bring the aluminum cans they’ve been accumulating and help support the environment and Kiwanis. Courtesy/Kiwanis  Read More

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