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Historical Society Discusses Episode 8 Of Manhattan

on September 23, 2014 - 7:35am

General Leslie Groves conferring with James Chadwick, the head of the British Mission. Photo/Public Domain

LAHS News:

There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s the Sept. 14 viewing of the eighth episode of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. A special thanks to Ruth Lier who brought her Girl Scout uniform from 1941 to share with the group.

Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

Jeffrey Johnson Named Chief Of Security At NNSA

on September 22, 2014 - 5:22pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Jeffrey Johnson has been named the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security and Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security effective today.

In this role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the NNSA. 

“Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience to NNSA and is eminently qualified to take on the challenges of his new position,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz.

307th Bombardment Group Visits The Bradbury

on September 21, 2014 - 10:28am
James Nesmith, Chair of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Veterans Group, left, speaks with an individual Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum who served in a bomb squadron known as the Long Rangers during World War II. Members of the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th bomb squadrons were at the Bradbury Friday as well. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 
Members of the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy Association, Inc., look at exhibits during their Friday tour of the Bradbury

WIPP: No Evidence Of Second Breached Drum

on September 20, 2014 - 8:17am

WIPP News:

Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. There is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum.

The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and WIPP personnel have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different.

Worker safety is the Department's highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art

Brig. Gen. Stephen Davis In Top Military Post At NNSA

on September 20, 2014 - 8:16am

Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Friday welcomed Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis (USAF) as Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application.

Brig. Gen. Davis will assist Dr. Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which maintains the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Brig. Gen.

Top White House National Security Council Official Confirmed As DOE Deputy Secretary

on September 19, 2014 - 8:54am

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. Courtesy/cisac.fsi.stanford.edu

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, as the Department of Energy’s deputy secretary.

“Liz’s confirmation comes at a historic time in our nation’s energy evolution,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said. “She joins us with deep expertise in the Department’s nuclear security mission, including both nuclear weapons and countering proliferation.

DNFSB Reports Deficiencies In U.S. Nuclear Labs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

on September 19, 2014 - 7:34am

HSNW News:

A recently released study of 17 U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), which examined operations at the labs over the last three years, found deficiencies in emergency preparedness plans.

Three New Mexico labs — the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque — exemplify various gaps in disaster preparedness throughout the nation’s nuclear defense system.

The assessment comes as the Energy and Defense Department are looking to

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