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DOE estimates lower cost for Los Alamos cleanup

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has estimated the cost of cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about $1 billion less than estimates provided by New Mexico officials earlier this year. The Department of Energy says it will cost about $2.9 billion through 2035 to clean up decades of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from nuclear ...

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New Mexico rolls out cleanup proposal for federal lab

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal aimed at getting the federal government to clean up tons of hazardous waste and contamination left behind by decades of nuclear research and development at one of the nation’s premier laboratories. The proposal comes after missteps by Los Alamos National Laboratory resulted in a radiation leak in ...

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Audit: Los Alamos Lab has poor system for fixing problems

Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Image: Larry Lamsa via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An audit has found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s system for solving management problems is lacking. The report, released Tuesday by the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General, suggests the lab’s corrective action program does not address issues or prevent their recurrence, including on health and safety issues. The audit looked at ...

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Wastewater cleaning firm ‘ready for takeoff’

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A company started from technology generated at Los Alamos National Laboratory is poised to take its machines that clean water around the world. The firm is called IX Power Clean Water and specializes in the design and manufacturing of portable and on-site machines for scrubbing and filtering the wastewater that is pulled from oil and gas wells. The innovation comes ...

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Small Santa Fe companies help drive export growth

From a commercial office park in Santa Fe, Daniel Kane can chase his dream around the globe of building ultrahigh-speed laser-measurement machines. The 30 separate parts and components are gathered from manufacturers worldwide, and then put together by skilled assemblers at MesaPhotonics. The lasers can take eight weeks to build, calibrate and program with customized software Kane designed and writes. ...

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Feds OK $73M settlement in WIPP leak

In a landmark settlement, the Department of Energy has agreed to fund infrastructure projects in New Mexico worth $73.25 million to resolve fines connected with last year’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department levied the largest-ever fines against the federal government in December — $54 million — over permit violations at the WIPP ...

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LANL water-cleansing tech launches next week

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Breakthrough water-cleansing technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory may soon be treating dirty water from the oil and gas industry at sites throughout the Mountain West. The Los Alamos-based startup IX Power Clean Water will begin to sell its newly finished machine, dubbed OrganiClear, next week following nearly three years of development, said John “Grizz” Deal, president and CEO of ...

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Clean up costs at nuclear waste site may explode

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Back in February, a deadly chemical reaction at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico broke open a storage drum and leaked into the air, which caused the plant to close. The WIPP is used for storing waste from the makings of plutonium bombs.  Luckily, the incident occurred at night and no one was extensively harmed.  Few workers suffered ...

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LANL identifies another drum similar to one that caused radiation leak

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Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus  CARLSBAD — Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have identified another nuclear waste drum, similar to the drum that caused the February’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Terry Wallace Jr., the LANL WIPP recovery leader and principal associate director for global security, testified that the chemical reaction was likely caused by a discarded ...

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