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Consent Order Governing Legacy Cleanup At Los Alamos Finalized

on June 27, 2016 - 1:18pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department signed and finalized the Consent Order between the State of New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management office, which will guide and govern the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
“The new Consent Order will accelerate the pace of environmental restoration activities in and around Los Alamos,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said.

CCNS Challenges EPA To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on June 27, 2016 - 6:56am
CCNS News:
 
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF). 
 
After November 2010, the RLWTF became a zero-liquid-discharge system. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System (MES) to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still includes Outfall 051 in the Clean Water Act permit that it issues to LANL. 
 
This has a serious impact.

Faith & Science Summer Series: 'What Makes Us Human?' Continues June 29

on June 26, 2016 - 8:28am
Eric Ferm's June 22 presentation on Awareness and Cooperation: To be human is to relate and cooperate in unique ways. Courtesy photo
 
LAFSF News:
 
The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum continues our summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” June 29 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
 
Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

BOOK RELEASE News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

DOE Funds Two Los Alamos Energy Projects

on June 23, 2016 - 4:31pm

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory projects are among technologies supported in today’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcement of nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.

“Los Alamos research expands the options for energy production while minimizing the impact on the environment. This work supports our mission to strengthen the security of energy for the nation,” said Melissa Fox, director of Applied Energy Programs at Los Alamos.

Local Legislator Tackles National Nuclear Issues

on June 23, 2016 - 10:50am

New Mexico State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with INL Director Mark Peters during a site visit last week about the various issues facing the DOE sites and the role of the national labs moving forward. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Legislative leaders from the Department of Energy site states gathered last week at Idaho National Laboratory to meet with DOE officials, researchers and industry experts for a briefing on nuclear-related topics crucial to the national laboratories.

New Mexico State Rep.

Udall Votes To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Obtaining Guns

on June 23, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns.
 
The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws.
 
"Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an overwhelming number of Americans that could

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