July 12, 2012
One of the nation’s main nuclear weapons labs has sharply underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, according to a federal advisory panel.
The radiation could be more than four times as intense as the Los Alamos National Laboratory predicted in a safety analysis last year, according to a recent report by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
The New Mexico [...]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rover of “monster truck” proportions zoomed toward Mars on an 8 1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet.
NASA’s six-wheeled, one-armed wonder, Curiosity, will reach Mars next summer and use its jackhammer drill, rock-zapping laser machine and other devices to search for evidence that Earth’s next-door neighbor might once have been home to the teeniest forms [...]
Fire Stirs Old-Waste Concern For Los Alamos Lab – – Fire officials said it’s looking increasingly likely that the Las Conchas fire will not reach the Los Alamos laboratory, but there are still concerns about the areas around the facility which authorities said could be filled with decades-old waste. Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said they really don’t know what’s in the [...]
Residents worried about radioactive smoke plume if fire reaches radioactive waste: “If it gets to this contamination, it’s over — not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe”
Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke, AP, June 29, 2011:
Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames [...]
A large wildfire moving across northern New Mexico Tuesday had authorities watching for a potential release of radiation around the nation’s main nuclear-weapons lab in Los Alamos.
The fire, covering some 60,740 acres, was headed north toward the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nuclear-research facility that sprawls across 36 square miles and contains 2,000 buildings. The complex, where scientists working on the Manhattan Project developed [...]
* Nuclear weapons lab closes due to fire danger
* Fire has potential to double or triple in size (Recasts; adds suspected cause, details throughout)
By Zelie Pollon
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 28 (Reuters) – New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the nation’s top nuclear weapons production centers.
The fire’s leading edge [...]
Fire Threatens Plutonium and Uranium Release at Los Alamos National Laboratory – A raging wildfire is threatening to engulf the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos likely contains more nuclear weapons than any other facility in the world. As if that weren’t bad enough, AP notes: The anti-nuclear watchdog group Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, however, said the fire appeared to be about 3 1/2 miles [...]
* Los Alamos ensures reliability of US nuclear arms
* Officials say facility is “very well protected” (Updates throughout)
By Zelie Pollon
SANTA FE, N.M., June 27 (Reuters) – A raging wildfire on Monday briefly entered the property of the preeminent U.S. nuclear facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory, a vast complex that houses research laboratories and a plutonium facility.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the town of Los Alamos, which has a [...]