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NMED Approves Transuranic Waste Storage Extension

on May 8, 2015 - 7:31am

WIPP News:

On May 1, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) approved a request from the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) for an extension of storage in the Waste Handling Building at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant until June 30, 2016.

Waste placement operations at the WIPP site have been suspended since the February 2014 fire and radiological events. Waste containers that were on the surface at the time of the events have been safely stored in the on-site Waste Handling Building.

The WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit limits storage in the Waste

LANL's Technical Area-53 Accident Victim Remains In Critical But Stable Condition At UNM Burn Center

on May 7, 2015 - 3:01pm

Not knowing how many individuals might require air transport Sunday to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque; a backup helicopter was dispatched and landed on the lawn of Los Alamos High School. As it turned out, just one employee was transported to Albuquerque and the other eight were treated at LAMC. Courtesy photo


Staff Report

A spokesperson for Los Alamos National Laboratory told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that the employee burned in Sunday's accident at Technical Area-53 remains in critical but stable condition at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

The accident occurred at an electrical substation

LANL And SOC-LA Have Contingency Plans To Fully Protect Facilities And Material Should Negotiations With IGUA Local 69 Fail

on May 7, 2015 - 11:26am

Staff Report

Contract negotiations reached a breaking point Wednesday as representatives of the International Guards Union of America (IGUA) Local 69 walked out of a meeting with SOC-LA representatives.

IGUA, which represents more than 200 Northern New Mexico-based workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory said they walked out of contract negotiations after learning that SOC-LA never had the ability to deliver the retirement benefit improvements it promised the union it would pursue.

A LANL spokesperson addressed the latest twist in negotiations between IGUA and SOC-LA in a statement this

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on May 7, 2015 - 9:33am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) board will meet 9-11 a.m., Friday, May 8, in the Taos Council Chambers at 120 Civic Plaza Dr, Taos.

Agenda items include:

  • New Mexico Congressional Delegation Updates;
  • Presentation by Executive Director Kathy Keith of the Regional Development Corporation; 
  • Presentation by Acting Manager Christine Gelles of the Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office, DOE;
  • Invitation and Information on Manhattan Park by Deputy Manager Brian Bosshardt of Los Alamos County;
  • RCLC Budget Update by Brian Bosshardt; 
  • Report from the Executive

Northern New Mexico Workers Walk Out Of Contract Negotiations Saying Company’s Acting In Bad Faith

on May 6, 2015 - 7:50pm

  • Global Biz Promised LANL Guards To Pursue Improved Retirement Benefits, Now Says ‘No’

The negotiating team for the International Guards Union of America Local 69, which represents more than 200 Northern New Mexico-based workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, walked out of contract negotiations today after learning that global security giant subsidiary SOC-LA never had the ability to deliver the retirement benefit improvements it promised the union it would pursue.

“SOC-LA negotiated in bad faith,” said Chris Mandril, IGUA Local 69 Business Agent. “It’s that simple.

Los Alamos Scientist Christopher Lee To Receive DOE Office Of Science Early Career Award

on May 6, 2015 - 11:47am

Christopher Lee

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Christopher Lee is a recipient of the 2015 Early Career Research Program awards from the Department of Energy Office of Science.

Lee was selected for his proposal on “Precision Probes of the Strong Interaction.”

“This prestigious award is recognition of Christopher Lee’s outstanding work in nuclear and particle physics which is vital part of the Laboratory’s national security science mission,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering.

SFI: Chaos To Complexity Creative Collaboration May 30

on May 6, 2015 - 8:58am
SFI Professor Mirta Galesic
SFI News:
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) explore the creative process in art and science through a discussion between SFI Professor Mirta Galesic and artist Raven Chacon, moderated by SFI’s Valerie Plame. 
Mirta Galesic is Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute, and an adjunct researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.
Galesic studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact with properties of the