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Letter To The Editor: The Cost Of Ignorance

on July 1, 2016 - 7:17am
By Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Physicist, retired from LANL, EURATOM, US DOE, and the IAEA

Am-241 from Santa Fe to LANL:
A recent local incident involved a radioactive americium source (Am-241) found in Santa Fe and tranferred to LANL This cost $6 million (paid by the business owner) and involved 40 people. The source was actually of no health or safety concern and could have been transported in a pickup by one or two people. Ignorance of ionizing radiation led to an unnecessary action that cost significant money.
Natural Atomic and Nuclear Radiation
Radiation is around and inside

‘Priest In Training’ Spends Summer At IHM

on June 30, 2016 - 12:08pm
Former police officer Robert Bustamante received the call to become a priest one evening while saying the rosary. He is studying this summer with Pastor Glenn Jones at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and will be ordained next year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
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A powerful thought came to Robert Bustamante one evening while saying the rosary: “You will become a Catholic priest.”

“It was very clear and very concise … just that sentence … and the thought wouldn’t go away … it was very persistent,”

WIPP To Hold Public Meetings On Permit Modification Request

on June 30, 2016 - 9:41am
WIPP News:
The U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (Permittees) will conduct two public meetings Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30, 2016. 
3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28
Courtyard by Marriott
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
5-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 30
Skeen-Whitlock Building
4021 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico
The purpose of the meetings is to provide information to the public on a proposed request to modify the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

Townsite Cleanup Continues In Los Alamos Canyon

on June 30, 2016 - 9:38am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

DOE News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) is moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.

The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research activities from 1943–1965.

“Cleaning up historical properties from areas within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is among our top priorities.

Heinrich Blocks Intelligence Authorization Act​ Over Provision To Expand Warrantless Surveillance

on June 30, 2016 - 8:19am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act over a provision in the bill that seeks a massive expansion of government surveillance into Americans' email, web browser history, and communication through social media platforms without judicial approval.
"This represents a massive expansion of government surveillance and gives the FBI access to law-abiding Americans' email and browser histories without judicial approval or

DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To NMEMNRD

on June 30, 2016 - 8:07am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD — The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office today awarded a $6.8 million, five-year cooperative agreement to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD) for the coordination of activities with participating state agencies that ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on required preparations for transuranic waste shipments and continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the West, as agreed

Heinrich Calls For Strengthened Security At US Airports

on June 29, 2016 - 2:05pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

“In the face of international terrorism, it’s critical that we make every effort to secure our airports, train stations, and bus depots--the places Americans rely on to go about their daily lives.” –Sen. Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on House and Senate members negotiating the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill extension to include a provision he spearheaded to enhance airport and mass transit security. The provision, which passed the Senate in April,