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UNM-LA and NNMC students receive environmental scholarships

March 11, 2020 LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Three Northern New Mexico students have received the Danny Nichols Memorial Scholarship, which was established to attract talented college students into the environmental and radioactive waste management industry. Andrew Ortiz and Aaliyah Sandoval from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Reyes Roybal from Northern New Mexico College each received an $8,000 scholarship plus an all-expense-paid trip to the Waste Management Symposia in Phoenix to receive the award and connect with industry leaders. Andrew Ortiz is pursuing an associate degree in pre-engineering at UNM-LA and a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UNM Albuquerque. He plans

Newly reconfigured monitoring well will better protect groundwater

March 10, 2020 LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) recently reconfigured a groundwater monitoring well in the southeastern corner of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) property. The well would give advanced warning of groundwater contamination migrating toward drinking water supply wells south of the laboratory’s boundary. N3B is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office contractor responsible for the cleanup of pre-1999 radiological and hazardous waste at LANL. R-31’s old sampling system was replaced with a new one that offers improved quality control and assurance that the samples are

Growing diversity through workforce development programs

February 27, 2020 LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an effort to create a homegrown and well-paid workforce that represents greater diversity, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) issued certificates today to their first class of Waste Processing Operator Boot Camp students. Waste operators assist in critical environmental cleanup as they handle, package, treat and document radioactive waste from pre-1999 operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Nine students completed the 12-week boot camp program and will receive official academic certificates at the UNM-LA graduation in May. “Once I got the call

N3B contributes nearly $415,000 to community groups in 2019

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—In 2019, 45 Northern New Mexico community groups received $414,444 from Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B). “It’s important to us to help support nonprofit organizations in the communities where our 700 employees and subcontractors live,” said Glenn Morgan, N3B President. N3B manages the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract for the U.S. Department of Energy. “I have been impressed with the breadth and scope of programs offered in our communities, and we’re pleased to help support their efforts,” said Morgan. The company committed to donate five percent of the fee it earns over the life of its

Dorian Newton honored as a Black Engineer of the Year

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Dr. Dorian G. Newton has been named Black Engineer of the Year in the category of Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. He will receive the award at the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference in Washington, D.C., on February 15. Newton is the Technical Services director for Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B). He was instrumental in establishing the N3B Apprenticeship Program in conjunction with Northern New Mexico College, as well as the N3B Radiological Control Technician and Waste Operator Boot Camp programs in conjunction with

N3B boot camp program serves as economic driver, prepares local workforce to clean up waste sites at LANL

December 9, 2019 LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–Eight area students from Española, Chimayó, Nambé, Los Alamos and Abiquiú recently completed a program that prepares them to clean up waste sites containing chemical and radioactive materials left over from past operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The program has proved an economic driver that brings jobs with livable wages to Northern New Mexico’s workforce. “Governor Lujan Grisham is passionate about creating an economy that works for everyone, and part of that is making sure we have pathways for people to get skills leading to permanent jobs,” said Bill McCamley, New Mexico Secretary

N3B boot camp graduate aims to clean up Northern New Mexico’s environment

December 9, 2019 LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–David Abrams spends nearly all his spare time in New Mexico’s wilderness — hiking on Cerro Perdernal where Georgia O’Keefe painted, mountain biking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and maintaining his family’s 10 acres in Nambé, 19 miles north of Santa Fe. Abrams’ love for the outdoors is the driving force behind his career ambition to ensure the region where he’s from remains environmentally sound — a pursuit he recently set in motion after completing a workforce development program that prepares him to clean up waste sites containing chemical and radioactive materials left over

N3B and UNM-Los Alamos team up for Radiological Control Technician Boot Camp

August 27, 2019 LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Nuclear News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) have partnered to offer a workforce development program to train participants to become Radiological Control Technicians (RCTs). The program will provide a pathway to obtain employment in one of the many nuclear-based industries across New Mexico. RCTs are a critical component of nuclear operations. They provide advanced technical support in nuclear safety and establish workplace controls regarding nuclear materials and waste. “We are excited to continue to expand our workforce development program across Northern New Mexico,” said Glenn Morgan, president

N3B completes first year of legacy waste cleanup at LANL

May 1, 2019 N3B completes first year of legacy waste cleanup at LANL LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—This week, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) celebrates its first anniversary as a new company cleaning up legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). “We are very excited for the cleanup progress we’ve made the past year and to be a part of the Northern New Mexico community,” said Glenn Morgan, president of N3B. “We established a new company from scratch, completed several projects, resumed waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and laid the foundation for our goal of cleaning

Workers complete PCB cleanup completed at Los Alamos Canyon site

March 27, 2019 The N3B team removed PCB-contaminated soil from a narrow canyon at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. About 300 cubic yards of soil will be shipped offsite for disposal. LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – N3B has have finished cleaning up PCB-contaminated soil near the former Omega research reactor site at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The PCB-contaminated soil was located in Los Alamos Canyon at Technical Area 02 (TA-02). The source of the contamination is suspected to have been electrical transformers that served the Omega Site. The contamination was discovered during investigation sampling of a former storm drain

N3B awards second cleanup subcontract at TA-21 to LATA

March 21, 2019 Building 257 is a former radioactive liquid waste processing facility that will be torn down as part of a new cleanup subcontract awarded to Los Alamos Technical Associates by N3B.N3B has awarded Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) of Albuquerque a subcontract to clean up portions of Technical Area 21 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Work is expected to begin in the summer and will take about two years to complete. TA-21 is a former Manhattan Project and Cold War-era complex of buildings that housed plutonium processing facilities and was where groundbreaking tritium research for energy, environment and

N3B awards $1.5 million in cleanup work to TerranearPMC/Envirocon

October 16, 2018   Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Montana, to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “The TerranearPMC/Envirocon team is a welcome partner

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TA – 21

  • TA-21 is the location of a former Los Alamos National Laboratory plutonium processing facility and waste disposal area. It is located near the industrial area of the city of Los Alamos.

    Information about the project is available in the TA-21 fact sheet.