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NMED Secretary: A Safer New Mexico

on May 15, 2015 - 7:31am

A Safer New Mexico
By Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn
New Mexico Environment Department

A little more than a year ago, a drum of transuranic waste packed with incompatible materials ruptured after being transported 300 miles through New Mexico from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. When the drum ruptured and released radiation into the atmosphere, Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration moved quickly and decisively.

Immediately after being notified of the release, the New Mexico Environment Department was on the ground in

WIPP: Initial Closure Of Panel 6 Complete With Work In Panel 7, Room 7 In Process

on May 14, 2015 - 3:29pm

A steel bulkhead seals the entrance to Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) completed the initial closure of Panel 6, safely and successfully isolating about 85 percent of the nitrate salt bearing waste containers associated with the breached drum from the Los Alamos National Laboratory that are in the WIPP underground facility.

Workers completed installation of the substantial barrier (chain link, brattice cloth and mined salt) and steel bulkheads on both the intake and exhaust sides of Panel 6. As an added precaution,

US And China Mark 10th Anniversary Of Peaceful Uses Of Nuclear Technology Joint Coordination Meetings

on May 14, 2015 - 3:09pm

NNSA News:

CHENGDU, CHINA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and China National Energy Administration (NEA) Director General Liu Baohua co-chaired the 10th Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting May 6-7 in Chengdu, China.

Since 2002, the United States and China have held periodic joint meetings on their cooperative activities under the U.S.-China PUNT Agreement.

LANL Guards Reach Out To SOC-LA To Restart Talks

on May 14, 2015 - 11:30am

IGUA News:

International Guards Union of America Local 69 (IGUA) just announced that they had reached out to SOC-LA, the company that provides security services at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to resume labor talks.

IGUA said they are reaching out despite the company’s threatening to withhold paychecks from negotiators as part of the contentious talks that the union walked out of last week, due to SOC-LA’s acting in bad faith, and continuing its demands for disproportionate increases in health care costs for union members while offering only a nominal increase in retirement benefits.

LANB Donates $50K To Los Alamos Historical Society

on May 13, 2015 - 1:25pm

Los Alamos National Bank's Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman, left, presents a check for $50,000 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, which is accepted by Board President Ron Wilkins during the organization's annual meeting Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Wilkins commended LANB for its generosity and the many good works it does throughout the community. Executive Director Heather McClenahan, standing, and Historical Society board member Wendy Hoffman look on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Audience members applaud as Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman

State Environment Secretary Discusses $73 Million WIPP Settlement With DOE

on May 13, 2015 - 1:24pm

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn


Los Alamos Daily Post

“Liability was a major issue,” said New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Secretary Ryan Flynn during a telephone interview Tuesday, discussing the state’s $73 million settlement on April 30 of claims for violations and liabilities related to a major contamination accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southern New Mexico. “We felt strongly that the weight of the evidence on our side was so overwhelming, we were able to get past that issue early on,” he said.

The WIPP facility has been closed

MOWW Presents Alan B. Carr At Meeting May 19

on May 13, 2015 - 11:23am
MOWW News:
At this month's meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars, the guest speaker is Alan B. CarrHis thesis, ”The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy,” at 7:15 p.m., May 19 at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe in the Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room.
The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station.