Environment

Los Alamos To Team With Procter & Gamble In Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

LANL and consumer products company Procter & Gamble will form one of the seven ‘innovation pairs’ working to bring sustainable ideas from some of the nations top scientists into the day-to-day world of manufacturing. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Clean energy manufacturing efforts will get a boost, thanks to a new national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI).

Los Alamos National Laboratory and consumer products company Procter & Gamble will form one of the seven ‘innovation


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Energy Department Selects Five Projects In First Step To Produce Fresh Water From CO2 Storage Sites

DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects that will study the feasibility of using salty wateror brine from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites to produce fresh water.
 
These projects – which will receive more than $7 million in funding from the Departmentwill develop and validate strategies to manage pressure and the flow of CO2 in saline formations through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST).
 
By managing the pressure and the flow of CO2also known as a plume steeringbrine can

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Secretary Moniz Unveils Roadmap To Double U.S. Energy Productivity By 2030

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In support of the President’s goal to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, Secretary Ernest Moniz unveiled a strategic plan today laying out a path businesses, state and local governments, consumers and other stakeholders can use to achieve this goal.
 
The reportAccelerate Energy Productivity 2030: A Strategic Roadmap for American Energy Innovation, Economic Growth, and Competitiveness, identifies proven and effective strategies and actions to advance energy efficiency.

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Recycling Extraordinaire Presentation Thursday

Pile of recycled trash. Courtesy/Freidman Recycling Company

COUNTY News:

Join the Environmental Sustainability Board for a presentation by recycling extraordinaire, Mike Smith, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Municipal Building, Room #110.

Special guest speaker, Mike Smith, of Freidman Recycling Company (the County’s recycling contractor) will discuss how Los Alamos County residents and businesses can improve their recycling efforts, and will answer the public’s recycling questions. Smith also will discuss the global recycling market and how it directly impacts


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Scenes Of Chaco Canyon By Los Alamos Hiker

Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best-known great house in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico, was built by the Ancestral Puebloans who occupied the structure between AD 828 and 1126. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Photo by Robert Beberniss

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Governor To Unveil New State Energy Policy

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

CARLSBAD — Monday morning, Gov. Susana Martinez will unveil a sweeping new energy policy and implementation.

Among other things, the blueprint calls for an “all of the above” approach to energy development that promotes the production of all sources of energy as a means of creating jobs, diversifying a key sector of the economy, and supporting the nation’s efforts to achieve energy independence.

Later in the afternoon, the governor also will unveil a new campaign to raise public awareness and improve road safety in Southeast New Mexico.


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Luján Questions EPA On Gold King Mine Spill

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Calls for Improved Communication and Better Mitigation Plans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District questioned a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official about the Gold King Mine spill Friday at an Environment and the Economy subcommittee hearing. 

While Luján is not a member of the subcommittee, he participated in the hearing, “Oversight of Federal Facility Cleanup under CERCLA,” as a member of the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Luján questioned Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator


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Udall, Heinrich Welcome BLM Decision To Maintain New Mexico State Office

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators pushed agency to reconsider proposal to merge New Mexico and Arizona offices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Friday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has heeded their call to reconsider a proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices and will allow the offices to remain separate.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

The senators released the following statement:

“New Mexico’s many unique public lands issues — including our landscape’s strong connection to our state’s history and culture — require


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WIPP Update: Supplemental Ventilation System

SVS installed in the WIPP underground. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

The Underground Ventilation System at WIPP is undergoing a significant change that will provide additional airflow in the underground. 

The large fan that is part of the Supplemental Ventilation System (SVS) was recently downloaded to the underground and has been successfully installed.


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