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EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
DOE News:


Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
VOLA News:
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

RCLC Meets Oct. 19 Los Alamos Municipal Building

on October 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is meeting at 1:30 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

For more information, visit

The meeting is open to the public.


U.S. Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate Oct. 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

“During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrificed their health – and in many cases, even their lives – to bolster the

N3B Awards $1.5 Million In Cleanup Work To TerranearPMC/Envirocon

on October 16, 2018 - 10:04am

Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. Courtesy/N3B

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Mont., to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
DOI News:
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

LANL: John, Reichhardt And Viswanathan Honored

on October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

LANL scientists from left, Kevin John, Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018.

Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will receive the annual Fellows Prize for Research, and Kevin John will receive the Fellows Prize for Leadership.

“I congratulate Cynthia, Hari and Kevin for their outstanding achievements,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology and

LANL Scientists Honored With APS Fellowships

on October 12, 2018 - 6:49am
The American Physical Society Fellows inductees, top left to right), Brian Albright and Jennifer Hollingsworth and bottom left to right, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected the Society's 2018 Fellows, four of which are Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists: Brian Albright, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick.
“I congratulate Brian, Jennifer, Brian, and Brian on their selection as American Physical Society Fellows,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology

Scenes From Gadgets Ribbon Cutting At Bradbury

on October 12, 2018 - 6:20am

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck uses the ceremonial scissors to snip the ribbon and officially open the Gadets gift shop Tuesday morning at the Bradbury Science Museum. Bradbury Science Museum Association Board Member Pam Sutton, left, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann look on. The public is encouraged to stop by the gift shop to support the museum association's educational efforts and to shop local. To view the hours and other information on the new gift shop, visit Photo by Kaylinda Crawford/

Chamber Director and BSMA

Crews Stabilizing Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel

on October 12, 2018 - 5:42am
Trucks carry engineered grout from a nearby batch plant to the PUREX Plant Tunnel 2, where pumps insert the grout using piping connected to existing openings in the top of the tunnel. Courtesy photo
A mobile batch plant near PUREX Plant Tunnel 2 will mix approximately 43,000 cubic yards of grout to stabilize the tunnel. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
RICHLAND, Wash. Trucks are delivering engineered grout to stabilize a waste storage tunnel on the Hanford Site.
Last week, EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) authorized contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to

Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

on October 10, 2018 - 3:51pm

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was to

N3B Begins LANL Waste Shipments To WIPP

on October 10, 2018 - 9:39am

NB3 workers load waste from LANL into a transport container bound for WIPP, marking the resumption of regular shipments from LANL to WIPP for the first time in four years.

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) last week began shipments of transuranic waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

“This is the first of what will be regular shipments of waste from Area G, a LANL waste management area, in more than four years,” said Danny Nichols, manager of the N3B Contact-handled Transuranic Waste Program.


LANL: Newly Detected Microquasar Gamma-Rays ‘Call For New Ideas’

on October 5, 2018 - 10:36am
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The first-ever detection of highly energetic radiation from a microquasar has astrophysicists scrambling for new theories to explain the extreme particle acceleration.
A microquasar is a black hole that gobbles up debris from a nearby companion star and blasts out powerful jets of material.
“What’s amazing about this discovery is that all current particle acceleration theories have difficulties explaining the

Business Owners Invited To Free Resource Fair Oct. 3 - Learn Ins And Outs Of Doing Business With LANL

on October 2, 2018 - 1:02pm
Northern New Mexico business owners are invited to attend a Small Business Resource Fair Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Buffalo Thunder Resort.
If you have ever wanted to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this event is for you.
Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. RSVP to
Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security and the Regional Development Corporation.

Ambassador Linton Brooks Speaks On The World Following The Demise Of US–Russia Arms Control At UNM In Albuquerque Oct. 2

on October 1, 2018 - 4:31pm
Ambassador Linton Brooks
The Center for International Studies Albuquerque International Association (AIA) presents Ambassador Linton Brooks who will speak on The World Following the Demise of US–Russia Arms Control  3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

For fifty years the nuclear balance between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia has been regulated by a series of bi-lateral treaties and agreements culminating in the current New START Treaty.

New Mexico Supreme Court Candidate Michael E. Vigil Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on September 30, 2018 - 5:28pm

Judge Michael Vigil discusses his reasons for seeking a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court during an interview last week with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Michael E. Vigil visited with the news team Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss his candidacy for position one on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

He is credited with fighting to protect the rights of children, teachers and victims in general, workers’ rights and to increase individual

DOE Awards Renewal Of Grant Agreement To New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)

on September 30, 2018 - 2:21pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a grant renewal to the New Mexico Environment Department.
The Agreement, entitled “Environmental oversight and monitoring at the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (SNL/NM)” was renewed for a five-year project period, with annual budget periods beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
This grant agreement is intended to:
  • provide a mechanism through which the NMED can provide independent, third-party,

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

on September 29, 2018 - 10:55am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
"These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help protect the health of the

LANL, PVSD And Highlands University Collaborate On Innovative Teacher Education Program

on September 28, 2018 - 5:26pm

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Pojoaque Valley School District Board of Education President of the Jon Paul Romero and New Mexico Highlands University Sam Minner. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a Sept. 26 PVSD board meeting.

“The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” LANL Director Terry C.

Energy Department Approves 30 Month Extension Of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract

on September 28, 2018 - 9:34am
DOE News:
LEXINGTON, KY The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) for a period of 30 months beyond the current expiration date of Sept. 30, 2018.
The estimated value of the option period is approximately $850 million.

LANL: New Space Instrument Goes For A Spin

on September 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

The High Explosives Centrifuge Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch.

The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division, Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald said. Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a

Student Geology Adventure In Jemez Thursday

on September 26, 2018 - 4:28pm


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.

Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s

LANL, LANS And RDC Sponsor Free Resource Fair For Northern New Mexico Business Owners Oct. 3

on September 26, 2018 - 10:04am

RDC News:

Northern New Mexico business owners are invited to attend a Small Business Resource Fair Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

If you have ever wanted to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this event is for you.

Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. Please email to RSVP.

Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, and the Regional Development Corporation.