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Dr. Steve Girrens Tapped For Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director At Sandia National Laboratories

on January 21, 2017 - 2:02pm

Dr. Steven Girrens to serve as NTESS Nuclear Deterrence Associate Lab Director

SNL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the management contract of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) Jan. 16 and Dr. Steven Girrens of Los Alamos will serve as the nuclear deterrence associate lab director at SNL.

Girrens will lead nuclear weapons, stockpile management, Office of Research & Development, Safeguards & Security Technology Programs, and operating and managing nuclear facilities.

Heinrich Questions Trump's Decision To Let Management Of Nuclear Stockpile Run On 'Auto-Pilot'

on January 21, 2017 - 12:47pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump expressing his serious concerns regarding continuity of government operations related to national security positions in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense. 
Read the full text of the letter: PDF is available here.

Public Comment About Proposed Expansion Of Storage Capacity At WIPP Due Feb. 3

on January 20, 2017 - 11:54am
Ribbon cutting Jan. 4 at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, reopened the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Wednesday, Jan. 4 with the disposal of two pallets of plutonium contaminated radioactive and hazardous waste that had been stored in the Waste Handling Building since 2014 into the underground salt mine.
Workers were required to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from radiation exposure.

Honoring Oppenheimer’s Legacy By Developing Future Science And Energy Leaders

on January 20, 2017 - 9:49am

Los Alamos National Laboratory presents an award to J. Robert Oppenheimer, second from left, at the end of World War II, c. 1945. Courtesy photo

DOE News:

Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) launched a pilot program, the Energy Sciences Leadership Group, to develop the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields.

DOE has diverse missions spanning basic science, energy, nuclear security and environmental remediation and it draws upon the scientific, technical, and engineering expertise of the national laboratories to address the toughest challenges associated with

LANS Board Approves $2.5 Million For Community Commitment Plan

on January 19, 2017 - 9:16am

LANL's David Kratzer works with students during the 2016 Hour of Code, which aims to encourage children to learn computer science. More than 60 Lab employees volunteered at 16 schools, working with nearly 2,000 students. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Funds support community giving, economic development and education

The Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Board of Governors approved $2.5 million in funding for the company’s plan to support education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico.

“The board’s decision to invest in our communities and their priorities

Explore Your Universe: Astrophysics For Everyone

on January 17, 2017 - 8:27am

The destructive bombardment of a planet. Courtesy image

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will again offer “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone.” The class meets 2:35-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and running through May 9.


In this class, students will explore modern, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, guided by mentors who work as astrophysicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory spanning a wide range of expertise.

Jim Hall Of Los Alamos Recounts His March From Selma To Montgomery With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

on January 16, 2017 - 9:05am

As a college student, Jim Hall marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr from Selma to Montgomery. Hall: Here are some of my memories: the warmth of our welcome by local African Americans, the organizational geniuses who, on the fly, fed us and moved us around, and the goodwill by everyone associated with the march. I also remember a few conversations with local whites who often seemed somewhat bewildered, often angry, but sometimes quietly supportive.

Are Planets Like Those In ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Out There?

on January 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars film ‘Rogue One’ wade through the water of an alien ocean world. NASA scientists believe ocean worlds exist in our own galaxy, along with many other environments. Courtesy/Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

NASA News:

In the “Star Wars” universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than just science fiction.

Some of the planets discovered around stars in our own galaxy could be very similar to arid Tatooine, watery Scarif and even frozen Hoth, according to NASA scientists.

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers’ Galactic Trek

on January 15, 2017 - 7:04am
Artist’s rendition of Voyager 1’s View of  the Solar System. NASA

NASA News:

NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. Along the way, they are measuring the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map — by measuring the material along the probes’ trajectories as they move through space.

‘Moving Day’ At Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Friday Morning

on January 14, 2017 - 9:58am
Doug Hintze, ​manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos office compares notes with Pete Maggiore of the National Nuclear Security Administrations Los Alamos office during Friday's RCLN meeting in Española. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities opened its board meeting Friday with a moving tribute to former Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, who stepped down from the board as secretary-treasurer.

Kristin Henderson honored at Friday's RCLC meeting. Photo by Roger

Heinrich Questions Defense Secretary Nominee On Threats To U.S., Temperament Of Trump Administration, Nuclear Weapons, National Labs

on January 13, 2017 - 4:17pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis, Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, "I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia."
Earlier in the hearing, Heinrich invoked the Cuban

Review: Annual Report Of DOE National Laboratories

on January 11, 2017 - 6:46pm
Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy. Courtesy/Idaho National Laboratory
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the change of presidential administrations approaches, the Department of Energy has summed up the current status of its disparate operations

and research arms, also known as the DOE National Laboratories. The annual state of the laboratories report (ASLR) was released Tuesday during a press conference with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The report reviews the effectiveness of the 17 labs located around the country, although its target audience is mostly located on

DOE Secretary Moniz Announces Charles Curtis As 2016 Recipient Of Schlesinger Medal For Energy Security

on January 11, 2017 - 9:43am

Charles B. Curtis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.

When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established Oct. 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively. Later, Curtis served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on January 11, 2017 - 7:14am
RCLC News:
The Regional Coalition Board Meeting is set for 9-11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13 at the Española City Council Chambers, 405 North Paseo de Onate in Española. The meeting is open to the public.

A. Call to Order – Chair Barney Trujillo | 9 a.m.
B. Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Barney Trujillo
C. Approval of Agenda – Chair Barney Trujillo
D. Approval of Meeting Minutes - Chair Barney Trujillo | –9:15 a.m.
E. Discussion/Action Items (1hr 25 min) | 9:15–10:35 a.m.
  • Briefing from NM Congressional Delegation (5 mins)
  • Action: Election of Secretary/Treasurer (5

Contract Awarded For Technical Support At DOE Environmental Management Sites Across DOE Complex

on January 10, 2017 - 11:58am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to SUNSi JV, LLC, of Pocatello, ID.
SUNSi JV, LLC is a Small Business. The contract will have a maximum value of up to $4 million over 5 years. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various EM sites across the DOE complex.
The Contractor will provide support in the following areas: Quality Assurance, Safety (including nuclear safety), Radiological Protection, Emergency Management, Safeguards and

DOE Selects TerranearPMC To Explore New Mexico Research Project

on January 10, 2017 - 11:53am
DOE News:
OTERO COUNTY  TerranearPMC, LLC (TPMC) was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a research project known as the deep borehole field test in Otero County, New Mexico.
This is one of four potential test sites nationally chosen to explore this project.

Despite Mounting Tensions, Hecker Holds On To Rational View Of Nuclear Context

on January 9, 2017 - 10:30pm
Former LANL Director Sig Hecker speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
Audience members listen as Sig Hecker speaks Friday evening in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post

As a president-elect tweets cryptic notions about nuclear weapons and appears to embrace a former adversary of the Cold War, tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans are discussing national security uncertainties in the global nuclear arena.

“We are entering uncharted territory,” said Sig Hecker, former Los Alamos

Sen. Udall On Official Reopening Of WIPP

on January 9, 2017 - 12:26pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall offered his congratulations and ongoing support for workers, the Department of Energy and the nation’s important nuclear waste cleanup mission as Carlsbad’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was officially reopened for waste storage.

“Today’s official reopening of WIPP is a tremendous accomplishment for the employees and members of the Carlsbad community, who play a vitally important role in our nation’s security and nuclear cleanup effort.

Udall, Heinrich Praise Enactment Of American Innovation And Competitiveness Act

on January 7, 2017 - 11:33am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the enactment of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), a major science bill that includes a number of significant provisions Udall and Heinrich championed to help boost New Mexico’s economy.

The bill, which passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed into law by President Obama today, contains measures to boost technology transfer initiatives, strengthen and grow manufacturing, and encourage private-sector innovation. 

The legislation, an update of the America

LANL On Weather Delay: Employees Should Report To Work Between 10-10:30 a.m. Today

on January 6, 2017 - 7:52am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to the winter snow storm.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

LANL Boosts Performance Grade To Very Good

on January 5, 2017 - 11:22pm

The Los Alamos National Laboratory complex at dawn with a backdrop of the Jemez Mountain range. Courtesy/LANS
Los Alamos Daily Post

While improvement arrives too late to make up for inadequate performance evaluations of the last two years, the National Nuclear Security Administration scored Los Alamos National Laboratory higher on the whole this year, with six out of six ratings of “good” or better.

The lowest marks came in the highest weighted category, which was operations and infrastructure.

WIPP: Jeff Carswell New CBFO Deputy Manager

on January 5, 2017 - 9:12am
Jeffrey M. Carswell
WIPP News:
Jeffrey M. Carswell has been selected as Deputy Manager, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and also appointed to the Senior Executive Service. Carswell has been at CBFO since February 2015 as the Senior Technical Safety Manager.
He recently led a nuclear safety team to develop the upgraded Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) and Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) outlining the new safety parameters for operations at WIPP.

NMED To Ensure Safe Reopening At WIPP

on January 4, 2017 - 6:51pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE Today the New Mexico Environment Department acknowledged their role in ensuring a safe reopening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, while recognizing the first emplacement of transuranic waste into the underground repository. 

Following a fire and separate radiological event that closed the facility in February 2014, the New Mexico Environment Department began a comprehensive investigation, and led efforts to hold the DOE accountable.

EM Sites Cut Costs More Than $100 Million In FY-16

on December 31, 2016 - 10:39am

EM's Richland Operations Office achieves cost savings by increasing disposal capacity at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, known as the ‘hub’ of Hanford cleanup. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM sites reduced operating costs by more than $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2016, responding to a challenge from EM leadership to free more funding for cleanup.

The Savannah River Operations Office realized more than $34.1 million in cost reductions, followed by the Richland Operations Office (RL) with more than $31.6 million, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office with over

AG Balderas & Coalition Of States & Municipalities Urge President-Elect Trump To Continue EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on December 30, 2016 - 8:17am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
Dear President-Elect Trump:
Our states and local governments are on the front lines of climate change. We see firsthand the significant human and economic costs inflicted by unchecked carbon pollution: whether it is harms from severe drought in California, catastrophic storm surge in New York City, a record deluge on the Front Range in Colorado, routine high tide flooding in Hampton Roads, Virginia and in South Florida, or diminished shellfish harvest in Oregon and Washington state.
Therefore, we urge you to continue the federal