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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

June 30, 2014
WIPP Mine Rescue Red Team members’ actions are evaluated during a simulated mine rescue disaster.
WIPP Takes Second in Mine Rescue Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue team placed second in the Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Competition this past spring in Carlsbad, and it took home more than a trophy.

May 29, 2014
Jessie Welch performs laboratory work at WIPP Laboratories, which is a member of the National Analytical Management Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network.
EM-Led Radiological Incident Response Program Receives Honors

A program led by EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that coordinates analytical capabilities throughout DOE for response to potential national radiological incidents recently received recognition for the best-in-track poster at a waste management conference earlier this year.

May 29, 2014
When September 2013 floods roared through the region, sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory, such as the Pueblo Canyon wetland, were damaged.
Willows Aid Flood Recovery in Los Alamos Desert

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate of Environmental Programs (ADEP) has been busy with various flood recovery activities since last fall. 

Los Alamos and much of New Mexico experienced off-the-charts rains in September 2013 causing over $3 million in damage to monitoring gages, roadways, and stormwater control structures on Laboratory property.

May 20, 2014
Sandia National Laboratories are home to the state-of-the-art Centrifuge Test Complex, with both indoor and outdoor centrifuges designed to simulate environments and situations with high inertial forces, like atmospheric reentry and jet aircraft acceleration. This photo shows the 29-foot-radius indoor centrifuge that's housed in an underground, temperature-controlled environment. The centrifuge can accelerate a maximum payload of 16,000 pounds to 100 Gs, or lighter loads to 300 Gs, allowing researchers to develop satellite and rocket components, geotechnical loads and sensing devices, to name a few. Pictured here, Glenn Yarborough inspects the centrifuge arm while Orlando Abeyta (left) and Ed Romero (right) work above.
 
Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
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May 2, 2014
Los Alamos bridge engineer Crystal J. Rodarte-Romero is a proud steward of the historic bridge and is honored to extend its life with design modifications and forthcoming modeling.
Women @ Energy: Crystal J. Rodarte-Romero

"I encourage anyone looking to enter structural engineering or bridge engineering to pursue it with all of your passion. Never give up on your purpose and always stand in your truth. Never look at an engineering task as a pass or fail; but from the mind frame of what do you know and what can you learn. Treat your profession as series of growing opportunities."

May 1, 2014
Los Alamos scientist Kathy Prestridge is trying to solve physics’ greatest mysteries, including how to harness the power of the sun.
Women @ Energy: Kathy Prestridge

"I have told many young people that the STEM fields need people who have different perspectives, are good at doing the science, are able to communicate their ideas well, and who are generally well spoken. Don't fall into believing the mad scientist stereotypes."