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New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DOE Offers Conditional Commitment To Alcoa To Support Making Aluminum For Automotive Sector

on March 28, 2015 - 7:39am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy has announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc.
 
This conditional commitment is the first issued by the Department under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program since Secretary Moniz announced a number of improvements

Letter To The Editor: Fine Leveled Against LANL Is Egregious; Reflects Ignorance Of Authority

on March 28, 2015 - 7:30am
By RICHARD STUPKA
White Rock
 
The three editorials/articles published in the Journal the weekend of Feb. 22-27 reflect a serious lack of understanding of the relationship of federal nuclear facilities to the State of New Mexico, a misrepresentation of risk and risk analysis of incidents that fall outside the operational safety envelope of these facilities, and the role that the Department of Energy (DOE) has assumed without adequate or trained personnel to manage the sites under its jurisdiction.
 
The $57 million fine levied by the state is egregious, inappropriate and reflects an

SFI: Cooperation In Complex Stateless Societies...

on March 27, 2015 - 8:44am
Charles Stanish, Director
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA; SFI External Professor

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds 'Cooperation in Complex Stateless Societies: The Archaelogical Evidence' seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The key to understanding the development of complex societies is to determine how groups solved collective action or free-riding problems.

By examining the earliest complex, stateless societies in the archaeological record in any region, we can detect the kinds of strategies in the early Holocene and later

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  

The

SFI: The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems ...

on March 26, 2015 - 9:52am
Eric Allender of Rutgers University
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) present  the seminar, 'The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems: A New Devlopment in an Old Story' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: For roughly four decades, two of the best-studied problems in NP that are not known to be in P or to be NP complete have been:
  • Graph Isomorphism; and
  • MCSP (the Minimum Circuit Size Problem).
Yet there had been no theorem, relating the complexity of these two problems to each other. Until now.

Two LANL Organizations Receive Performance Excellence Recognition From Quality New Mexico

on March 26, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.

“These organizations are striving for world-class excellence and providing the best service to their customers,” said Quality New Mexico Executive Director Julia Gabaldon. “We are very proud of them and I encourage organizations in every sector to follow their lead.”

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