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Respiratory Protection Requirements Reduced In Parts Of WIPP Underground

The yellow highlighted area in the drawing depicts the general area where respiratory protection requirements were lifted this week. Courtey photo
 
WIPP News:
 
As a result of radiological risk mitigation efforts by WIPP Radiological Control teams, this week requirements for respiratory protection were lifted for a significant portion of the WIPP underground.
 
The change in respiratory protection requirements applies to all areas south of S-2520 and represents a significant milestone in the contamination mitigation efforts. While the use of

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Udall Introduces Amendment To Give All Americans An Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced an amendment that he has filed to energy legislation that would ultimately enable all Americans to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds, allowing regular people across the country to do their part to invest in our nation’s clean energy future.
 
Modeled after war bonds, which raised billions of dollars during World War I and World War II, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help local, state and federal governments raise billions of dollars in capital that they could

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Moniz To Discuss Nuclear Non-Proliferation And Iran Deal At Wilson Center

DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.,  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will participate in a Director’s Forum 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Auditoriumin in Washington, D.C. on the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
Last month, after years of negotiations and months of preparations for the implementation of the JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had completed all of the required nuclear steps to reach Implementation Day,

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Roads Are Slick – LAPD Urges Motorists To Use Caution

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department issued an advisory this morning that while all roads around the County are open … ice, slush and snow remain in certain areas.

LAPD urges drivers to use caution while traveling during winter weather conditions.


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NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning Through Tuesday

Morning snow settles on the branches of this tree on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS News:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE ISSUED FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE:
 
A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT IS PASSING OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY AND TONIGHT. EXPECT HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW THROUGH TONIGHT …
 
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS WITH LESSER AMOUNTS OVER THE WESTERN HIGHER TERRAIN AND THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS.

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Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL’s Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE

 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management


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Bandelier Backcountry Trails Talk At Nature Center

Bandelier at dawn. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:

Trail work leader Kevin Stillman at Bandelier National Monument will present a talk detailing where to find water, the best places to camp and the things to see in Bandelier’s extensive backcountry.

Stillman’s talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend and no registration is required.
 
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

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Major Archaeology Site Near Santa Fe Debuts Website

The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo project resulted in several Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations as well as nine published monographs covering various aspects of the research. Courtesy photo

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Courtesy photo

SAR News:

  • Photographs, history and research on Arroyo Hondo website

SANTA FE – About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo just minutes south of present day Santa Fe, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to a 1,000-room pueblo boomtown.

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, directed by Douglas Schwartz, disclosed


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Moon Was Produced By Head-on Collision Between Earth And A Forming Planet

Paul Warren, Edward Young (holding sample of a rock from the moon) and Issaku Kohl. Photo by Christelle Snow/UCLA

UCLA News:

  • UCLA-led research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh)


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