Los Alamos under renewed environmental scrutiny, AP, October 1, 2011:
Workers also extracted 43,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris and toxic soil [...] just across the street from a strip of local businesses [...] lab officials boast that environmental conditions there will soon be suitable for residential development.
Los Alamos under renewed environmental scrutiny, AP, October 1, 2011:
[...] Although lab officials downplayed the fire danger at the time, [Ralph Phelps, chairman of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board] said the waste and contaminated buildings at the 63-acre site known as Area G definitely pose a safety threat to northern New . . . → Read More: AP: 33 underground canals of radioactive waste were beneath barrels of plutonium contamination threatened by Los Alamos fire
133 acres burned on lab property — Las Conchas: The majority of the burned acreage, though, was due to backburn, Los Alamos Monitor, July 23, 2011:
Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory were insistent throughout that the Los Conchas Fire only came onto LANL and Department of Energy property twice. [...]
On Friday, the . . . → Read More: Newly released chart shows 133 acres burned on Los Alamos lab property — Officials had insisted there were only two tiny fires
Ship carrying nuclear cargo slips in, out of port, Savannah Morning News, July 22, 2011:
[...] The Osprey, which slipped in and out of [Port of Savannah] relatively unnoticed, was carrying containers holding six casks of nuclear fuel irradiated in the now-closed French fast reactor Phenix. [...]
The material is being returned to the . . . → Read More: France sends irradiated nuclear fuel to US — Six casks off-loaded in Georgia and trucked 1,600 miles to Los Alamos
Potential flash floods still a concern, KRQE, July 19, 2011:
[T]here is still a lot of concern about flash floods in the burned out areas.
Officials are especially concerned about the canyons around Los Alamos where nuclear materials from the lab have gotten into the soil [...]
A legislative committee held a hearing in . . . → Read More: “Officials are especially concerned”: New Mexico lawmakers hold hearing about Los Alamos floods transporting nuclear material into water supply (VIDEO)
Head of NM resource protection office resigns, AP, July 19, 2011:
The head of the resource protection division [which contained the hazardous waste bureau] at the New Mexico Environment Department has resigned [...]
The bureau is responsible for oversight and technical guidance related to the generation of hazardous waste as well as its storage . . . → Read More: Head of New Mexico department dealing with hazardous waste at Los Alamos labs mysteriously resigns — Officials not providing any details
“Another Kind of Fukushima?” Asks Whistleblower Robert Gilkeson, Truth-out, July 18, 2011:
Geologist Robert H. Gilkeson: After graduating with a BS and MS from the University of Illinois Geology Department, Bob worked as a research scientist at the Illinois Geological Survey from 1973 to 1987. He then joined the environmental company Weston as Technical . . . → Read More: Whistleblower: Los Alamos groundwater monitoring methods are hiding detection of contamination
Monitoring continues around Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, Taos News, July 16, 2011:
[New Mexico Environment Department's DOE Oversight Bureau chief Thomas Skibitski] said the department will be looking for radionuclides related to energy and weapons research, as well as industrialtype contaminants [...]
He said contaminants, such as those from atmospheric weapons testing . . . → Read More: Official: Radioactive materials around Los Alamos may get redistributed at “measurable” levels — “Sometimes that will manifest itself as a health advisory”
Firefighters head off to help Los Alamos, Daily Times, July 16, 2011:
Despite the prospect of rough conditions, sleeping in tents and surviving on camp rations, a crew of unfazed Farmington firefighters left for Los Alamos on Friday. [...]
Despite the major difference between the Los Alamos fire and other wild land fires, this . . . → Read More: Difference between Los Alamos fire and other wild fires can be summed up in a single word: “Radiation” — More firefighters on way to battle blaze
Interview with Willem Malten of the Los Alamos Study Group, PressTV, July 14, 2011:
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[...] Now monsoon rains threaten to flood whole communities with contaminants such as plutonium, uranium and mercury, he said in an interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Wednesday.
He said “there is a frantic community effort . . . → Read More: Report: Monsoon rains threaten to flood Los Alamos area with plutonium, uranium — “Frantic” sandbagging effort under way in some communities (VIDEO)
Los Alamos lab prepares for flooding after fire, Associated Press, July 13, 2011:
Crews at Los Alamos National Laboratory installed barriers to divert water and removed sediment as they work to prevent any trace of nuclear and other contamination from being washed downstream by flooding triggered by a massive wildfire. …]
“This is our . . . → Read More: “This is our highest priority right now”: Los Alamos lab trying to stop nuclear contamination from spreading — 800 waste sites remain
Contaminated soil a concern at Los Alamos lab, Reuters, July 11, 2011:
[...] crews at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have begun removing contaminated soil from nearby canyons out of a concern that flash flooding could wash toxins into the Rio Grande [that supplies drinking water for Santa Fe and many other communities] officials . . . → Read More: Los Alamos lab begins removing radioactive soil from canyons to prevent contamination from spreading after fire
LANL Closes Trails On Lab Property To Public, KOAT, July 9, 2011:
[...] According to [Chris Cantwell, the lab's associate director for environment, safety, health and quality] only one acre burned on lab property, but two major canyons above the lab suffered damage.
Cantwell said lab crews had also begun installing additional storm water . . . → Read More: Los Alamos lab trying to prevent ‘Cold War-era contamination’ from coming closer as 2 major canyons above lab suffered fire damage
Tests show normal radiation exposure rates near Las Conchas, Taos News, July 7, 2011:
[...] Concerns have been raised about potential contaminants in the smoke from Las Conchas, but preliminary tests have found “typical” radiation exposure rates. [...]
The ASPECT [Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology, operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and . . . → Read More: Radiation data from 36 air monitors around Los Alamos still not released, “should be available soon” — Feds say preliminary sampling showed no ‘dangerous’ or ‘significant’ levels
Las Conchas continues to burn, KASA, July 4, 2011:
[...] As the fire spreads across the region and continues to grow mainly toward the east which is on the northwest side of town, new numbers show it has swallowed more than 123,000 acres. [...]
Closer to Los Alamos crews are working on setting up . . . → Read More: Fire growing toward the east — Los Alamos crews setting up another containment line around city
UPDATED: Weather Aids Firefighters as Los Alamos Residents Return, Albuquerque Journal, July 3, 2011:
Rain that fell in the Los Alamos area Saturday didn’t hit the Las Conchas Fire, but the humidity, clouds and lower temperatures were enough to “lay down” the fire, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said this morning.
“The timing . . . → Read More: Los Alamos residents warned they will see smoldering landscapes in hills surrounding town
Los Alamos Press Conference at 12:52 pm MDT, KOAT (Live), July 1, 2011:
Very Rough Transcript
Los Alamos Press Conference at 12:52 pm MDT
Question: Is there any waste up at Bandelier?
Los Alamos official: I don’t know the answer…
Well before this exchange, the Bandelier supervisor gave a very short 20 second speech . . . → Read More: Press Conference: Journalist asks if contaminated waste was dumped in Bandelier park; Los Alamos official could not answer — Bandelier supervisor says over 50% of area is part of burn
Los Alamos Radiation Threat ‘Limited’ in N.M. Fire, Associated Press, July 01, 2011:
[...] Los Alamos Canyon runs past runs past the old Manhattan Project site in town and a 1940s era dump site where workers are near the end of a clean-up project of low-level radioactive waste. The World War II Manhattan Project . . . → Read More: Radioactive waste was dumped in trenches along six acres above town of Los Alamos — Dept. of Energy official says radiation threat is ‘pretty limited’
More Than 90K Acres Burned In Los Alamos Fire, CNN, June 30, 2011:
[...] the nearby flames will keep the Los Alamos National Laboratory closed through at least Friday, a statement on the lab’s website said.
“What I witnessed today was an incredibly professional job by men and women who are risking their lives . . . → Read More: Los Alamos lab director: “I could feel the heat of the fire on my face as I watched from the roof of our Emergency Operations Center”
Crews Battle NM Fire, Which Pushes Into Canyon, Associated Press, July 1, 2011:
An erratic northern New Mexico wildfire grew larger Thursday — pushing north while also creeping into a canyon that descends into Los Alamos — as fire officials remained hopeful that they could halt the spread of the blaze before it reached . . . → Read More: AP: Wildfire pushes into canyon that descends into Los Alamos
Las Conchas fire, evening flames, MichaelZeiler, June 30, 2011:
On this fourth day of the devastating Las Conchas fire which is threatening Los Alamos, New Mexico, the night sky finally cleared enough to see the flames licking all around the labs and the city.
This time-lapse video is comprised of 113 photographs taken 30 . . . → Read More: Video from last night: “Sky finally cleared enough to see the flames licking all around the labs” at Los Alamos (VIDEO)
NM Fire Poised to Be Largest in State History, Associated Press, June 30, 2011:
A wildfire that is threatening the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory [...] is poised to become the largest fire in state history.
The fire near Los Alamos has charred nearly 145 square miles, or 92,735 acres. [...]
It’s close to . . . → Read More: Fire near Los Alamos lab to be largest in New Mexico history — Bracing for gusts up to 40 mph this afternoon