Feb 8, 2008

Lab wins 2008 NNSA Pollution Prevention Awards

By Kevin N. Roark, February 8, 2008

The Laboratory garnered two 2008 Best-in-Class Pollution Prevention awards and six Environmental Stewardship awards from the National Nuclear Security Administration. According to NNSA, the annual pollution prevention awards program affirms the importance and benefits, both environmental and fiscal, of integrating pollution prevention into all NNSA sites' operations through environmental management systems.

The Laboratory's 2008 Best-in-Class winners are "Wastewater Recycling Saves More Than $1 Million Annually" and "Ultrapure Carbon and Carbon-Nitride Nanomaterials," The 2008 Environmental Stewardship awards are "More than $900,000 Saved with Steam Generator Optimization," "Perchloric Acid Exhaust System Saves $750,000 Annually," "Recycling of Soil, Asphalt, and Mulch Saves $1.7 Million," "Mixed Office Paper Recycle Program," "Integrating Safety and Security into the Environment Management System Life-cycle: A Body-contact Sport," and "The Uninterruptible Power Supply Project."

To read more about the winners, see the news release.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's up with all this environmental stuff all of a sudden in the blog??

Who is the GreenPeace advocate?

Anonymous said...

Yes, its ironic isn't it? How could such a horrible place as LANL be getting awards for doing good things like recycling? And to see it repeated here? Pure travesty....

Anonymous said...

Very ironic indeed. The LANL-haters may have to hold their tongues for a few days until this blows over. Do you notice how quiet it's been here lately? I'll bet they are having some serious withdrawal problems.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You recycle paper. That sure makes up for all the environmental problems you cause.

Anonymous said...

We recycle lies and excuses too. No one ever notices.

Anonymous said...

We notice. We just don't fucking care any more.

Anonymous said...

12:51 AM spoke too soon, or perhaps he caused it. At least one dog has come out to pee on our morning paper. Actually, it seems to be three puddles by the same dog.

Don't feed the trolls.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the public read about these awards? The news release is on the internal site.

Anonymous said...

LANS is trying something new: they're running a test to see how well Roark's propaganda works on the new crop of LANL employees. At least half of staff have been here less than two years, and from the sounds of things, Roark is going to have the newbies eating his bullshit up! The Bechtelians and the old-timers all know better, as does the world outside of LANL, which is why the piece was only put up on the internal site.

Anonymous said...

NNSA pats LANL on the back..is that what this is about? Why should the rest of the world care.

On a different note, Trolls won their day in court:

"First Amendment Ruling Protects Internet Trolls"
http://www.os2world.com/content/view/16894/79/

Anonymous said...

"Why should the rest of the world care."

The world might not care about it, but the world needs to know that some of the news coming from the Lab is good news.

Anonymous said...

In response to 10:34, it's at least two different people. I am 8:47, and I wish I were bright enough to have come up with the comments that 9:18 and 9:36 did.

Anonymous said...

I wish I were bright enough to have come up with the comments that 9:18 and 9:36 did.
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3:00,

You think it requires intellect to
be as profane as 9:36?

I don't think the comments of either 9:18
nor 9:36 were particularily insightful.

Anonymous said...

4:22,

My, you're a prissy little fuck, aren't you? I bet you're a good, loyal LANS employee, though. Enjoy your career at the pit factory.

It really is true that all of the good staff have left (or have one foot out the door) by now.

Anonymous said...

"2/10/08 4:34 PM"

I am calling troll on this one.

Anonymous said...

Is "factory" the right word for a facility that can't manufacture? How about the pit soup kitchen?

4:45, WTF does "calling troll" mean? (And by WTF, I mean "what the fudge," to spare 4:22's tender sensibilities.)

Anonymous said...

Call it a "pansy" for all I care, 4:45. You're still a prissy little fuck.

Sadly, LANL used to be a pretty good place to work, +/- whatever your feelings were about the quality of management.

Now, it is rapidly becoming just another NNSA production facility, and a home to a bunch of mediocre talent. It is really sad to observe, in one sense.

In another sense, I guess it is somewhat rewarding to watch Darwinism in action.

Anonymous said...

4:55pm

Since it is Sunday I guess you are doing your "get drunk and post" thing that you seem to do. It is your life and you are free to waste it however you want. You are even free to waste it publicly. However you should know that it is not really funny it is just really sad.

Anonymous said...

Bleat on, LANS-boy.

Ever Read "Lord of the Flies"?

You're one of the flies. Enjoy your career (or what's left of it).

Anonymous said...

5:07,

I take it that "smarm" has not propelled you up the LANS corporate ladder as quickly as you might have wished, else you would not be exposing yourself here on this blog as you have been doing.

Let's see: You are a churchy, anti-alcohol, pro management, prissy, management wannabe. Probably a UC LANL leftover who did not reach the heights that you felt you deserved under the UC management regime either.

Bad news time: brace yourself to expect more of the same under LANS.

It's you, not "them" that is the problem here.

Anonymous said...

This Sunday thread is nuts. I guess some folks have to vent nastily on Sunday to ensure they don't do it on Monday, when it might actually cause some real effect. If these folks have spouses and kids, I feel sorry for them.

Anonymous said...

8:47 AM,

Thanks for clarifying the situation. Comments by 9:18 AM and 9:36 AM are clearly a cut above. Above what, I am not so certain. Dog pee forensics is not so easy sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, some people go through their entire lives without ever coming to the realization that nobody trusts, or likes a "yes person". I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate that 4:22 (and 4:45, and 5:07) is a frustrated "yes person".

In line with the previous comment about Darwin, I suppose we will just have to satisfy ourselves with simply observing this pattern of non-productive social behavior, because the individual in question undoubtedly does not have the wherewithal to change his basic personality make-up.

Anonymous said...

Excellent commentary in this thread. :(

Many of you people take this stuff too seriously. When it gets to infantile name calling, it has gone too far.

Since nobody has bothered to mention it in 23 comments so far, I'd like to say, Congratulations to the Laboratory's 2008 Best-in-Class winners! You deserve your recognition. Don't let any of these idiots try to tell you otherwise.

Anonymous said...

"Congratulations to the Laboratory's 2008 Best-in-Class winners! You deserve your recognition."

Yes, congratulations. Whoever you are.

Anonymous said...

"Let's see: You are a churchy, anti-alcohol, pro management, prissy, management wannabe. "

It is better than being someone who was so bad that they get fired back in 1995 and spending rest of their lives bashing the lab. All this time the whole world has not been wrong, you really are worthless.

Troll Slayer

Anonymous said...

OK 7:57, name one person who has ever, ever been fired for incompetence or otherwise being "bad" (although if you don't mean incompetence, please define "bad").

It has never happened.

Anonymous said...

7:57 pnm: Put down the booze! Your grammar and spelling are sufferng badly. You need to get to bed - a work day tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

"OK 7:57, name one person who has ever, ever been fired for incompetence or otherwise being "bad" (although if you don't mean incompetence, please define "bad").

It has never happened.

2/10/08 8:11 PM"

I found this from LANL the Real Story.

"BFO", Chris Mechels was laid off by LANL many years ago. Ever since
then he's been attacking Los Alamos. He's compulsive about it to an unhealthy extent. There are some "old timers" around LANL who still remember working with him back in the late 80's/early 90's. They can give you a measure of the man. From what I've heard, it's not good.
# posted by good2go : 12/12/2005 10:58:54 AM

Anonymous said...

Anybody actually know the deal with Mechels?

BTW, Mechels posts under his own name. It's not like he hides out like cowardly me (or you).

Anonymous said...

2/10/08 9:27 PM

Some of these posts sound exactly like Mechels. He signs his name to posts on other blogs and forums however his writing style is unmistakable so I would guess he is posting on this blog. However I cannot prove it as Gussie would say. Try this look at some of his posts on other forums than look at some of the troll postings here and you will see what I mean.

Here is another set of threads from LRS.
"
There as been some speculation with regard to who LUCKY really is. I think that he is Chris Mechels.
# posted by darhtman : 12/11/2005 02:49:30 PM
By now there should be no doubt about it. It's Chris Mechels. I don't
even know why he continues to bother with the "lucky" handle. I can
think of some much more appropriate names to match a fellow of his ilk
and "lucky" is definitely not one of them.
# posted by good2go : 12/11/2005 05:55:52 PM "

"Lastly, Chris Mechels (who I know) was not "laid off", he retired. Get your facts straight, for once.
# posted by lucky : 12/12/2005 12:39:49 PM "

"Sorry, Chris. Never happen again. RETIRED, not FIRED. Got it.
# posted by Pat, the Dog : 12/12/2005 09:38:04 PM "

This is a good post as well.

"Now, if they don't have contributions from a scientist wannabe like Chris Mechels, they've got the whole package.
Anybody see his comment on the faster-than-light story in SFNM yesterday he attributed to lab-generated hype?

This guy is beyond sad.

Sorry to branch off the subject, but this guy needs to get over getting RIF'd back in the 90's. "Retired," my ass. "
1/21/08 9:11 AM "

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I am dumb, 10:10, but I could not follow your post. Was Mechels fired, and if so, for what. Also, IIRC from long ago reader's forum posts, Mechels mostly advocated for UC following its employment policies and not treating people poorly. Since you seem to know what is going on, could you please post it in plain language?

Anonymous said...

10:10's logic is quite simple, or should I say simplistic: Anybody who says something bad about the lab on this anonymous blog is Chris Mechels.

I hope that clears everything up for you, 6:47.

Anonymous said...

My, you're a prissy little fuck, aren't you? I bet you're a good, loyal LANS employee, though. Enjoy your career at the pit factory.
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4:34

Presumptive aren't you!!! For your
information, I do NOT work for LANS
nor for Los Alamos!!!

I just object to posts with vacuous
content - like yours!!!

Anonymous said...

"10:10's logic is quite simple, or should I say simplistic: Anybody who says something bad about the lab on this anonymous blog is Chris Mechels.

I hope that clears everything up for you, 6:47."

Lots of people say bad things about the lab. The problem is when they attack the workers at the lab.

Anonymous said...

Bleat on, LANS-boy.
Ever Read "Lord of the Flies"?
You're one of the flies. Enjoy your career (or what's left of it).
=====================
5:14,

Why do all these self-righteous types
constantly presume that the only defenders
of Los Alamos have to either work for
LANS or Los Alamos, or have some other
vested interest?

If you present a vacuous case devoid of
facts; and filled only with your own
venom; why should you be surprised that
independent thinkers don't buy it?

Anonymous said...

Only an complete moron would believe an award from NNSA is meritoriousor legitimate.. NNSA is all about smoke and mirrors--creating the illusion of effective NNSA oversight and legitimacy of Lab operations. Kind of like the electoral process these days.

Anonymous said...

The Laboratory getting an award for recycling is like a mass murderer being put on a pedestal for helping a little old lady cross the street. Anti social behavior issues still exist.

Anonymous said...

Why do all these self-righteous types
constantly presume that the only defenders
of Los Alamos have to either work for
LANS or Los Alamos, or have some other
vested interest?


On the other hand, 8:58am, you certainly show interest in LANL in posting on this blog. As I do too, being one of the recently SSP'ed employees, having found a fine job elsewhere. But I must say, I am glad, glad, glad that I left the lab.

But coming back to the topic, this reminds me of some other NNSA publications praising LANL's stellar performance in safety and security after some (real or not) LANL safety and security problems were published by POGO or the media.

Anonymous said...

9:58 AM said:
"Only an complete moron would believe an award from NNSA is meritoriousor legitimate."

What a bunch of cynical crap. You are the moron to be making a ridiculous statement.

Many people are unhappy with NNSA management of the labs. This discontent does not, however, imply that everything NNSA does is wrong. Looking at the NNSA portfolio for examples of pollution prevention and recognizing the best examples is certainly something that NNSA (or anyone with technical background) is capable of doing.

Congratulations to the winners!

Anonymous said...

The bad news is that procurement processes are flawed and taxpayers end up being bilked because of it. The bad news is that the Lab replaces furniture and equipment quicker than most people change the oil in their cars. But hey, the good. news is that all this overpriced stuff gets recycled?!

Anonymous said...

Whoever they are.

Anonymous said...

"this reminds me of some other NNSA publications praising LANL's stellar performance in safety and security after some (real or not) LANL safety and security problems were published by POGO or the media."

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I don't think that there can be any causal relationship. NNSA could never move that fast. These awards must have been in the pipeline for months before the recent spate of environmental accusations were made.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate that 4:22 (and 4:45, and 5:07) is a frustrated "yes person".
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6:46,

As 4:22; I don't know by what "logic"
you arrived that I was a "yes" person.

First - I don't have a dog in this fight
because I don't work for Los Alamos or
LANS, and never have. However, I am
interested because the mission of LANL
is so important.

Being self-employed; I don't have to
answer to anyone other than myself.

I don't know how one concludes I'm a
"yes person" for merely pointing out
that some posters here resort to the
use of profanity in lieu of rational
thought and presenting reasoned
argument.

I don't know what passes for rational
discourse among the self-righteous
Santa Fe environmental community; but
to any casual observer from other parts
of the Nation; this isn't it.

Anonymous said...

Some things never change. Ask Sig about his same monkeys, different trees analogy. That says it all.