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October 30, 2014
Solar Energy to Benefit from New FERC Interconnection Procedures

As a major win for solar and testament to the impact of Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative funded research at the national labs, this past month Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission announced the adoption of new “fast track” rules to make the interconnection process dramatically cheaper and faster for small wholesale energy projects, representing a major improvement with nationwide impacts.

October 16, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney discuss points of interest on a map of the WIPP underground.
Head of EM Visits Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

CARLBAD, N.M. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney today visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

October 6, 2014
NAHC Successful Tribal Energy Project Development

The Native American Housing Consultants, LLC (NAHC) and Current C Energy Systems, Inc. is hosting the Successful Tribal Energy Project Development for tribal members interested in an alternative energy project on tribal land. Participants will learn the risks and benefits associated with technology options and knowing how to design and develop a project from the beginning. 

For more information and to register, please email info@currentcenergy.com

October 2, 2014
More Than 14 Million Environmental Sampling Records from National Laboratory Are Now Available Online

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Regulators, stakeholders, scientists and the greater public will have access to remediation and other environmental data records associated with EM’s legacy nuclear cleanup program in near real time on a new website portal.

August 28, 2014
Employees from CBFO, associated DOE contractors and laboratories, elected officials, WIPP stakeholders, and leaders from New Mexico communities attended a meeting at WIPP where the Secretary (at podium) addressed the group and answered questions. Seated from left: DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus; Franco; U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (N.M.); U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.); and Bob McQuinn, president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the WIPP management and operating contractor.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Visits WIPP

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz accepts special recognition on behalf of DOE for support of the expansion and upgrade to Carlsbad’s Double Eagle Water System from Mayor Dale Janway (right) at a town hall-style meeting this month.

August 21, 2014
Workers observe the demolition of the West Water Tower at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Workers Safely Tear Down Towers at Manhattan Project Site

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – After decades dominating the Los Alamos National Laboratory skyline, two water towers were safely demolished by workers in a matter of hours recently, bringing EM’s Environmental Projects Office at Los Alamos a step closer to transferring the land for future commercial or industrial use.

August 5, 2014
Secretary Moniz Announces Travel to Chicago, North Dakota, New Mexico for Quadrennial Energy Review

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will host several meetings on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in early August.

July 29, 2014
Sampling locations are on steep, heavily vegetated terrain requiring subcontractor TerranearPMC crews to take hand-augured samples rather than using a drill rig.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigates Fenton Hill to Support Future Land Use

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

July 10, 2014
EIS-0026: Annual Mitigation Report

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant