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Udall, Heinrich Statement on DOE WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

on April 24, 2014 - 10:39am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. 

The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations:

"The report on the response to the radiation release at WIPP includes many of the same deeply troubling findings as the report after the

Latest Issue of LANL's 1663 Magazine Available

on April 24, 2014 - 10:33am


LANL News:

The new issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine is now available.
In this issue:

  • Chemistry that only takes place in explosive shock waves
  • Nanowires for better solar cells, batteries, computers, and much more
  • What really triggers earthquakes and how to forecast them
  • Potential Amazon biodiversity loss studied using stable isotopes
  • Why wind farms underperform design expectations
  • … and more

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.

LAHS's Cole Kendrick Four-time Finalist in New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

on April 24, 2014 - 9:15am

Cole Kendrick of Los Alamos High School with his poster describing his work during finalist presentations Monday. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The dynamic duo of Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo from La Cueva High in Albuquerque, proposed a unique model that simulates deciduous tree growth at the level of individual branches and leaves based on underlying biological processes. Their project, called Modeling Tree Growth and Resource Use with Applications won the top award at the 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The goal of the yearlong event is

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 21, 2014 - 6:13pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to hold its Regular Business Meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 25 in Los Alamos County Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

Presenters for the April 25 meeting:

  • Charlie McMillan, LANL Laboratory Director
  • Ryan Flynn, Secretary of the State Environmental Department
  • Joe Franco, WIPP Management and Operating Contractor

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any

Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Brown Bag Lecture April 23 Focuses on Jemez Mountains’ Ecology

on April 18, 2014 - 8:45am
Terry Foxx. By Jim Gautier
LANL News:


Terry Foxx, a master storyteller and former Laboratory employee, will discuss the ecology of the Jemez Mountains and the Pajarito Plateau noon to 1 p.m., April 23 at the Bradbury Science Museum as part of the museum’s Brown Bag lecture series.


Foxx will intertwine the evolution of her perspective about the natural world as a young girl, to working in a national laboratory, which was struggling with newly instituted environmental laws of the 1970s. Compliance with those laws required an evolution of perspective for project managers.


Foxx will share

Iconic Author Edward Abbey Focus of Earth Day Lecture April 22

on April 17, 2014 - 10:27am

Jack Loeffler. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Part of Bradbury Science Museum evening lecture series

Jack Loeffler, a bioregional aural historian, will talk about the author and environmental advocate Edward Abbey and his legacy at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is the fourth in a series of evening lectures planned this year at the museum, and is free and open to the public.

"Ed Abbey's message to the world is even more profound today than it was when he first spoke his piece in ‘Desert Solitaire’ in 1968,” Loeffler said.