Wildfire triggers evacuation for Los Alamos lab
By Zelie Pollon 6/27/2011
SANTA FE, N.M., June 26 (Reuters)… The Las Conchas Fire flared early Sunday afternoon around 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos, charring about 3,500 acres and endangering the nation’s nuclear weapons laboratory and its surrounding communities, said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman for the Santa Fe National Forest.
“We have homes and we have the labs, so it’s a very, very big concern, not only locally but nationally and globally,” Lujan said. “This fire is very complex. We have a national type one team coming in because of the nature of the fire.”
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has ordered the New Mexico National Guard to Los Alamos to provide support for the ongoing efforts to protect lives, property and critical infrastructure threatened by the fire.
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High water threatens nuclear plants 6/27/2011
Water broke through an inflatable dam around the perimeter of the Ft. Calhoun plant Sunday morning and ran into the main electrical transformers, forcing plant operators to switch to backup generators.
The Ft. Calhoun station is on the Missouri River bank in Blair, about 20 miles north of Omaha. A machine working at the plant poked a hole in the inflatable dam, the Iowa Independent newspaper reported
Although Ft. Calhoun was shut down in April, the electrical system at the plant must operate to cool both the reactor and spent fuel, the Independent said.