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NM Delegation Urges EPA To Address Compensation Delays For Gold King Mine Spill Victims, Work With State To Monitor Water Quality

on March 9, 2016 - 11:21am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed concerns with delays in compensation for costs and damages in New Mexico caused by the EPA’s Gold King Mine spill in Colorado six months ago.
They urged the EPA to process reimbursement claims submitted by the state and the Navajo Nation and to set up an Office of Gold King Mine Spill Claims to begin processing compensation for victims.

Interior Department Names Jeff Klein Executive Director Of Natural Resource Investment Center

on March 9, 2016 - 7:25am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor announced Monday that the Department has tapped business leader Jeffrey D. Klein to lead the Natural Resource Investment Center (The Center) as its first executive director.
Klein is charged with fostering partnerships with the private sector to develop creative financing opportunities that support economic development goals while advancing the Department’s resource stewardship mission.

Los Alamos Garden Club Meets March 21

on March 8, 2016 - 11:52am
LAGC News:
The Los Alamos Garden Club will meet March 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road.
Refreshments will be served 9:30-10 a.m. Following the 10 a.m. business meeting, Carlos Valdez, director of NM State University Cooperative Extension Office in Los Alamos, will present the program "Garden Pests and Insects".
Visitors are always welcome to attend.
For further information,call President Sally Warner at 505.662.9473.

Family Night At Nature Center 6-7 p.m. Today

on March 8, 2016 - 7:19am
Enjoy hands-on fun at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Family Night is 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey will uncover the mysteries and origin of igneous rock. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC, visit here, email

DPU Seeks Input For Policy On Customer-owned Solar Energy Systems

on March 7, 2016 - 10:38am


Discussion scheduled for March 16 BPU Meeting

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum at and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. 

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16, 2016 board meeting held at 5:30 p.m.

Micronesian Solar Eclipse Viewing At Nature Center

on March 7, 2016 - 10:12am
PEEC News:
The next solar eclipse will be viewable over Indonesia and other parts of Micronesia.
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be showing live footage of the eclipse March 8 in the planetarium, have experts available and more.
The community is invited to attend this event.

Roger This: Limiting Liability For Our Nuclear Nightmares

on March 7, 2016 - 10:05am
Los Alamos Daily Post

In his novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, a talented young writer Nathaniel Rich, explores the converging vectors of risk, natural and manmade disaster and finance in the wisp of time folded between today and tomorrow.

Published in 2013, a few months after Superstorm Sandy battered the entire East Cost while pounding New York and the Jersey Shore, this story of an apocalyptic inundation of Manhattan could not have been better timed.

Nuke Bird Vulnerability

on March 7, 2016 - 9:37am
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Courtesy/wikipedia


HSNW News:

  • Bird droppings cause N.Y. nuclear reactor power outage

One of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point nuclear power plant outside New York City was safely shut down for three days last December, following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines.

Entergy Corp., which operates the power plant, hired outside expert to analyze the incident, and they found that the culprit was what the experts call bird “streaming.”

If it has nowhere to send its electricity, the generator senses that and

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Sets Area G Hearing In Santa Fe March 22

on March 7, 2016 - 9:15am
Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Chairman Joyce Connery
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board announced that it will hold a public hearing March 22 in Santa Fe.

The board will hear from its own staff and from LANL, DOE and NNSA officials on new and residual management and safety issues concerning Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s hazardous waste disposal area.

In a prepared statement Thursday, DNFSB Chairman Joyce Connery said, “With the upcoming wildfire season, the Board is interested in understanding potential hazards to the

Interior Deputy Secretary Connor To Host Listening Session On Land Buy-Back Program

on March 7, 2016 - 8:11am
Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor
USDI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor hosted a Listening Session March 3 in Albuquerque, to hear directly from tribal leaders and individual landowners on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).
Deputy Secretary Connor was joined at the Albuquerque Convention Center by Special Trustee for American Indians Vincent G. Logan and Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts.
As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen