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New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

EM’s Cleanup Year In Review For 2017

on December 30, 2017 - 5:50am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.

The Year in Review highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

LANL Year In Review For 2017

on December 28, 2017 - 10:11am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

This has been an eventful year for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Particularly of note was the announcement in September that Director Charlie McMillan would retire Dec. 31.

Other highlights include:

Dr. Terry C. Wallace

Los Alamos National Security in early December appointed Terry Wallace to replace McMillan as LANL director and president of LANS, the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Nebel: LANL Bidders Please Respond To Questions

on December 23, 2017 - 9:24am
Los Alamos

The last time the lab management contract was put out on bid I remember thinking: “Oh great. Now we are going to have a whole new level of worthless managers sidling up to the trough to skim money out of the lab. Where am I going to find the money to cover the inevitable increase in the overhead?”

The money I was bringing in wasn’t weapons program money and there was no way that my customers were going to cover that increase.

So, what happened? My understanding is that right now a Phd Full Time Equivalent (FTE) costs about $600,000/year at LANL.

LANL Giving Campaign Nets $3 Million For Nonprofits

on December 22, 2017 - 9:34am
Associate Director of Experimental Physical Science and LANL Employee Giving Champion Mary Hockaday, left, and Kathy Keith of LANL Community Partnerships raise the thermometer for the United Way of Northern New Mexico's annual fundraising campaign Thursday at the Post Office. So far, the campaign has raised $440,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
One of the 300 New Mexico nonprofits supported by the LANL Employee Giving Campaign is Somos Amigos, an Española-based organization that carries out home repairs for elderly and low-income homeowners in Northern New Mexico to ensure

Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
Los Alamos Daily Post

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.


Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

Individual Permit For Storm Water Project Update Public Meeting Tonight

on December 21, 2017 - 12:34pm

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract To Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC

on December 20, 2017 - 6:47am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo.

The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months.

Texas A&M Representatives Meet With Local Leaders On LANL Managing And Operating Contract

on December 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Texas A&M representatives meet with Los Alamos community leaders and Regional Coalition of LANL Communities staff Friday morning at La Cocina Restaurant in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, chats with Assistant Vice Chancellor Scott Sudduth of Texas A&M University’s Office of Federal Relations and Senior Advisor Diane Hurtado for Strategic Initiatives at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Friday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

More Scenes From Toys For Tots

on December 16, 2017 - 4:54pm

Motorcyclists from the LANL Jemez Riders Club lead the delivery of Toys for Tots Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots delivery Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots send-off Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Volunteers formed a human chain to load presents Friday for Toys for Tots. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

A truck-load of presents gets ready to leave Friday afternon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Truck No. 6 was on hand as the gifts made their departure Friday.

LANL Employees Share Big-hearted Holiday Spirit

on December 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gathered Friday afternoon at the LANL Community Partnerships Office at 15th Street and Central Avenue to help transport the more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children as part of their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the LAFD help pack more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety

Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

UC And UT Confirm Submitting Proposals For LANL Management Contract

on December 14, 2017 - 4:21pm

Staff Report

The University of California and the University of Texas have both confirmed that they submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration before Monday’s deadline to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning Oct. 1, 2018. A NNSA spokesman declined to release the names of other entities that submitted proposals.

Stephanie Beechem, a spokesperson for the UC Office of the President said today that UC has submitted a proposal as evidence of its ongoing commitment to the stewardship of “this great scientific and technological enterprise and its national

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal

on December 14, 2017 - 8:51am

The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the Laboratory at the highest level. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor

Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory.

The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are recognized for their work sequencing the human genome and Menlove for his work on

RCLC: Op-Ed On Upcoming LANL M&O Contract

on December 13, 2017 - 9:22am
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
By RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, and
RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

NNM Communities United on Issues Regarding Next LANL Contractor

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) persists as the largest job supplier in Northern New Mexico, generating the greatest economic impact throughout the region.

RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), has been closely following the process and progress on naming the next LANL manager and operator (M&O), overseeing 10-12,000 jobs and a

Wreaths Across America Event At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 12, 2017 - 2:47pm

Wreaths Across America. Courtesy photo

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employee volunteers, their families and friends are invited to place wreaths at grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative.

Employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony.

"It was

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At Lab

on December 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Staff Report

The Department of Energy has notified Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL.

The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

Copy of DOE letter:

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
NMHM News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

Update: LANL Public Meeting On Storm Water Project

on December 11, 2017 - 3:03pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace Visits Mountain

on December 10, 2017 - 4:11pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace, center, who officially starts his new job next month, clearly had fun interacting with 6th graders during an ‘Hour of Code’ event Friday morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim, left, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy, right, at an ‘Hour of Code’ event with incoming Lab Director Terry Wallace Friday morning at Mountain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories