Tag Archives: Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL)

Court Ends Final Bid to Save MOX Program via Arms Control Association

April 2020 A U.S. federal court dealt the final blow Feb. 20 to a troubled project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina that would have converted surplus plutonium from the U.S. nuclear weapons program into mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel … Continue reading

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Pit production at Los Alamos offers influential ‘template’ for Savannah River Site via Aiken Standard

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The production of nuclear weapon cores, known as plutonium pits, at a storied site in northern New Mexico will influence and enlighten a related production effort recommended for the Savannah River Site south of Aiken. Charles Verdon, … Continue reading

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Lab makes changes in wake of botched nuclear shipments via Star Tribune

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Employees have been fired and other personnel actions have been taken at one of the premier nuclear weapons laboratories in the U.S. after small amounts of radioactive material were mistakenly shipped aboard a commercial cargo plane. Officials … Continue reading

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Radioactive Waste is Good for You, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rick Perry as Energy Secretary via Counterpunch

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s blatant conflict of interest involving the Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, west Texas deserves to be seriously addressed during his U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing … Continue reading

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Watchdog suit seeks to nullify LANL cleanup deal via The Santa Fe New Mexican

A Santa Fe-based watchdog group is asking a federal court to declare invalid a new consent order governing cleanup of Cold War-era waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, saying regulators have failed to meet their public participation requirements. At … Continue reading

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Brief: Nuclear trigger production could resume at LANL via the Santa Fe New Mexican

The Los Alamos National Laboratory could resume production of plutonium pit triggers for nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy endorsed lab changes listed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a Congressional oversight agency, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Plans also … Continue reading

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 ‘Los Alamos will never be clean’ via The Santa Fe New Mexican

ID CANYON — A dirt trail shaded by ponderosa pines drops down the slope of this small canyon below the Los Alamos Nature Center and a recreation center. The canyon became a dumping ground during the Manhattan Project. Old pipes, … Continue reading

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DOE probes worker radiation exposure at test site via Las Vegas Review-Journal

By STEVE TETREAULT REVIEW-JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has launched investigations into two incidents over the past year where workers at the Nevada National Security Site were exposed to potential contamination while conducting nuclear weapons activities. … Continue reading

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LANL officials downplayed waste’s dangers even after WIPP leak via Santa Fe New Mexican

For Los Alamos National Security LLC, the private consortium that operates the lab, the stakes were high. Meeting the deadline would help it secure an extension of its $2.2 billion annual contract from the U.S. Department of Energy. But the … Continue reading

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Women Respond to the Manhattan Project via Olivia Fermi

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