Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters this afternoon and spoke with staff about tech transfer, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other topics.
“Every year, the DOE gets more invested in tech transfer,” Heinrich said. “We need to build the tech eco-system in New Mexico. We have this great infrastructure here, and if we can get Silicon Valley people here, they’ll be impressed by our great quality of life.”
Heinrich is excited by the prospects for LANL in 2018-19, he said.
In addition to rising funding, Heinrich hopes to see the National Nuclear Safety Administration produce plutonium pits in Los Alamos, rather than splitting the production between the Savannah River Site and LANL as currently proposed, he said.
“It is very clear that Los Alamos is the only place able to meet the requirements in the time involved,” Heinrich said.
Heinrich said he is pleased with the Democratic slate for the mid-term elections in November. When asked if he was behind Stephanie Garcia Richard’s bid for Land Commissioner, he said, “absolutely, 100 percent.”