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NNSA To Issue Public Notice For Intent To Compete Management And Operating Contract For LANL

on June 26, 2017 - 10:23pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued this afternoon by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email states that DOE/NNSA will issue a public notice Tuesday alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The public notice will be available on various websites for which links will go live by close of business Tuesday.

The projected budget for the LANL M&O contract is approximately $2.5 billion per year or $25

Luján: Safety Of LANL Workers And Los Alamos Community Must Be Paramount

on June 26, 2017 - 9:21pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after press reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory is under investigation for violating nuclear shipping regulations:

“The alleged violations of nuclear material shipping regulations at LANL, if true, are deeply concerning. The safety of the workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and in the Los Alamos community must be paramount.

“LANL has rigorous protocols that govern the shipping of nuclear material, and if something in this process failed or

James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, Named Fellow In American Chemical Society

on June 26, 2017 - 10:35am

James M. Boncella selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society. Courtsy/LANL 

LANL News:

James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Boncella was selected as Fellow for his seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and for his long and distinguished

NNSA On Improper Shipment Sent From LANL

on June 24, 2017 - 5:04pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week.

The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary To Maintain LANL’s Plutonium Mission

on June 23, 2017 - 9:52am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday on the U.S. Department of Energy’s budget and priorities, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Secretary Rick Perry to maintain Los Alamos National Lab’s (LANL) plutonium mission into the future.

Sen. Heinrich also emphasized that safety must be the number one priority to ensure LANL’s central role in the nation’s stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security.

VIDEO: Heinrich Secures Commitment From Secretary

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Questions Energy Secretary On Safety And Future Of Plutonium Mission At LANL

on June 22, 2017 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

DOE Awards Contract To Professional Project Services, Inc. Of Oak Ridge For OREM Technical Support

on June 22, 2017 - 5:31am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) June 19, announced the award of a contract to Professional Project Services, Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) procurement.
 
This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued.

LANL Internal Memo Addresses Ongoing Safety Improvements At TA-55 Plutonium Facility

on June 21, 2017 - 10:17am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Ongoing safety improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory are addressed in an internal memo obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post:

To: LANL-All

From: Craig Leasure, PADOPS, A102
Date: June 19, 2017
 
Subject: Ongoing Safety Improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility
 
In light of the recent public discussion and interest in operational issues at TA-55, I thought it was important to set the record straight and update Laboratory employees on the many improvements in the areas of safety,

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
 
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
 
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Regional Coalition Discusses LANL's Small Business Program Support And Waste Classifications Overview

on June 19, 2017 - 7:21am
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted its regular Board Meeting June 9 in the Española Council Chambers.
 
The meeting focused its discussion on the efforts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Small Business Program Office and how it supports local contractors to do business with LANL and other federal programs.

DOE Releases Full Text Of EM’s FY18 Budget Request

on June 17, 2017 - 9:12am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DOE released Wednesday the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. Access the document here
 
This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
 
EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle

ProjectY Cowork Celebrates First Year Anniversary!

on June 17, 2017 - 8:18am

projectY cowork Director Lauren McDaniel, right, gives a group from Leadership Los Alamos a recent tour of the coworking space. Courtesy photo

projectY cowork Director Lauren McDaniel speaks about the Los Alamos coworking space during the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this year, highlighting how the private, non-profit space got started as part of a community collaboration between the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, Los Alamos County, LANL Feynman Center for Innovation and Community Partnerships Office, and Central Park Square’s Philip Kunsberg.

Science Of The Solstice Talk At Nature Center June 20

on June 16, 2017 - 7:33am

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a talk on the Science of the Solstice June 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about the longest day of the year? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on the Science of the Solstice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice, and its resulting seasons. If weather holds, he will also bring out his solar telescope.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
 
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
 
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Los Alamos Scientist Awarded Giuliano Preparata Medal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:35am

 

Los Alamos scientist Dr. Thomas Claytor was awarded the Giuliano Preparata Medal June 8 in Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos
 

A Los Alamos scientist known for a modified cold fusion experiment in which he repeatedly got radioactive tritium produced in a low energy system, has been presented with the prestigious Giuliano Preparato Medal. Dr.

The Scoop Behind The Crane...

on June 13, 2017 - 7:37pm

A crane heads down Trinity Drive Monday toward the CenturyLink Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Map of the legacy clean up area. Courtesy image

Staff Report

The purpose of the large crane that made its way up the Main Hill Road Monday evening and over to the CenturyLink Building on Trinity Drive is to clean up an area of decades old contaminated dirt.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus explained today that the crane has been brought it to remove legacy waste along the side of the canyon behind the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building

LANL Divisions Win Quality Awards

on June 13, 2017 - 6:19pm

LANL News:

The Human Resources Division and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory both received Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico, a non-profit organization that helps New Mexico businesses and organizations improve organizational performance.

“We want to provide the best possible human resources products and services to our employees,” Human Resources Division Leader Sue Harris said.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Program has four levels of assessment and recognition: Adobe (foundation), Piñon

New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

on June 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership.

LAFD Cadets Hear LANL History

on June 13, 2017 - 1:04pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan B. Carr gives a talk on the history of the Lab Friday to members of the Los Alamos Fire Department Academy in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Members of the LAFD Fire Academy listen to a talk on LANL history Friday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Maggiore: Safety And Security Don’t Come Cheap

on June 9, 2017 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, and Khal Spencer of Los Alamos at Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore told members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting Wednesday night in Santa Fe that all safety and security requirements for future plutonium operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) must be fully funded.

“It’s crystal clear that safety and security don’t come cheap,”

Heinrich Gets Commitment To Accelerate First Testing, Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR In 18 Years

on June 9, 2017 - 10:03am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Army that it will be moving up plans to fund a $34 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to 2019 from 2023.

The investment will fund an urgently needed Information Systems Facility to replace the existing communications center that was built in 1962 and caught fire two years ago.

LANL's Chris Fresquez Named DOE Small Business Program Manager Of The Year

on June 8, 2017 - 10:29am

LANL Small Business Program Manager Chris Fresquez, center, is the recipient of the 2016 Small Business Program Manager of the Year Award given annually by DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos small business program manager recognized for forward-thinking efforts

Chris Fresquez, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s small business program manager, is the recipient of the 2016 Small Business Program Manager of the Year Award given annually by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Los Alamos Historical Society Wins Two National Awards

on June 8, 2017 - 9:06am
AASLH News:
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Los Alamos Historical Society is the recipient of two Awards of Merit for the new exhibits at the Los Alamos History Museum as well as its recently published book, Doomed to Cooperate.
 
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 72nd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
 
“These are tremendous honors for our organization,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of

‘Charliecloud’ Simplifies Big Data Supercomputing

on June 7, 2017 - 4:48pm

Streamlined code from Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Reid Priedhorsky and Tim Randles aims to simplify supercomputer use. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  •  Los Alamos Releases Elegantly Simple High-performance ‘Convenience Bubble’

At Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to more than 100 supercomputers since the dawn of the computing era, elegance and simplicity of programming are highly valued but not always achieved.

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