Environment

Interior Department Announces Final Regulations To Ensure American Public Receives Every Dollar Due For Production Of Oil, Gas & Coal

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As part of the overall effort to modernize the Nation’s energy regulations, the U.S. Department of the Interior released final regulations that will improve valuation and revenue collection for the country’s mineral resources, ensuring Americans receive every dollar due for production of those resources on public lands and waters.
 
Developed by Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), the rule also provides the clarity and certainty for industry in determining the market value, for royalty

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Trail Expert Craig Martin Leads Bandelier Hike July 16

Approaching Upper Crossing. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Craig Martin will lead a hike to Upper Crossing Saturday, July 16. The four-mile hike includes 400 feet of elevation gain, incredible views of Frijoles Canyon, a walk through an old growth Ponderosa Pine Forest, beautiful wildflowers, and a chance to glimpse some unusual plants near the end of the trail.

This hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is one of many events to help people get outside and enjoy nature.

To hike Bandelier’s Upper Crossing with Martin, register online at www.peecnature.org


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Foxx & Korkos Teach Quilting With Nature July 24

A quilt block inspired by a thistle. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos artists Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos are leading a quilting workshop at the Los Alamos Nature Center 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Foxx and Korkos will reveal tricks of the trade for using fabric to depict the beauty of wildflowers. Advance registration is requested.

This workshop will cover the basics of understanding and observing nature as well as elements of fabric, creating a foundation for making a wildflower portrait. Foxx and Korkos will tell you everything you need to know to complete your own beautiful wildflower portrait.


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Bear Concerns Prompt LANL To Close Trails

A significant increase in bear sightings closes LANL trails. Courtesy image

LANL News:

Just before noon today, Los Alamos National Laboratory warned employees to watch out for bears and keep off the outdoor trails inside the lab perimeter until notified otherwise. The following memo to all employees from the Communications Office was obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post:

All Laboratory trails are closed

Due to a significant increase in bear sightings and encounters, the Laboratory has closed all trails on Laboratory property until further notice. Employees are urged to stay off


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Los Alamos Nature Center Closed Monday July 4

Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Patrick Coulie
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Monday, July 4, which is a great time to use Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike.
 
Take a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau along, find the rubbing plates and get even closer to the next prize. There are different prizes for hiking two, five, eight, and 12 trails in the passport booklet. It is fun for the whole family.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will resume regular hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday. For more information about the Los Alamos Nature Center,

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SFNF Holding Public Meetings On Geothermal Energy Development Draft EA

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest today announced that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the potential effects of geothermal energy development on land within Forest boundaries is available on the Forest website here.

The Forest will hold three public meetings to provide a brief overview of the proposed project and the analysis of effects. The first meeting is 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Forest Headquarters, 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe. Additional meetings will be scheduled in Abiquiu and Jemez Springs. The times and locations will be


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Letter To The Editor: LA Mountain Cleanup Project Impact Factor

By NIC GONZALES
Los Alamos

Dear Jennifer and Forest Service,
 

As the youth member who developed the idea of holding the project to Clean Up the decades of paint-related litter on LA Mountain, I’d like to thank you all dearly for allowing my club, Rotary Interact, and me the permission to clean up the notorious LA Mountain in Los Alamos.
 
Through the diligent work from 10 of our youth members, we were able to scale the mountain this last Saturday on the hottest day of the year (not intentional…) and collect 90 articles of trash, which we took to the dump later that day! Fifty-six

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WIPP To Hold Public Meetings On Permit Modification Request

WIPP News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (Permittees) will conduct two public meetings Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30, 2016. 
 
3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28
Courtyard by Marriott
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
5-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 30
Skeen-Whitlock Building
4021 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico
 
The purpose of the meetings is to provide information to the public on a proposed request to modify the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Hazardous Waste Facility

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Townsite Cleanup Continues In Los Alamos Canyon

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

DOE News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) is moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.

The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research activities from 1943–1965.

“Cleaning up historical properties from areas within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is among our top priorities. We are committed


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DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To NMEMNRD

DOE News:

CARLSBAD — The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office today awarded a $6.8 million, five-year cooperative agreement to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD) for the coordination of activities with participating state agencies that ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on required preparations for transuranic waste shipments and continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the


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