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WIPP Facilities Mostly Unscathed As SENM Deals With Hurricane Odile

on September 23, 2014 - 4:05pm

WIPP News:

Hurricane Odile left its mark on Southeastern New Mexico, but the WIPP facility came away mostly unscathed with two brief partial power outages that delayed entries into the underground facility last week.

Over the past 10 days, areas of Carlsbad and Eddy County received about 15 inches of rain that wreaked havoc on infrastructure and left dozens of people stranded.

LANS Board of Governors Approves $3 Million For Education, Economic Development, Charitable Giving In Northern New Mexico

on September 23, 2014 - 9:49am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

The Los Alamos National Security, LLC Board of Governors has approved $3 million in funding for the company’s plan to support education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico.

“This plan demonstrates our bond with the community and its people and businesses that support our national security mission,” Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said. “It sustains the mutually beneficial programs that make Los Alamos one of the best places to live and work.”

Los Alamos National Security, LLC since 2006 has been the managing and operating

LANL Researchers Uncover New Properties In Nanocomposite Oxide Ceramics For Reactor Fuel, Fast-Ion Conductors

on September 23, 2014 - 8:16am

Schematic depicting distinct dislocation networks for SrO- and TiO2-terminated SrTiO3/MgO interface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Misfit dislocations are key to transport properties across material interfaces

Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials.

“The interfaces separating the different crystalline regions determine the transport, electrical, and radiation properties of the

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/

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