April 25, 2014

Chaco Canyon’s International Dark Sky Park Celebration April 24-26, 2014

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is celebrating its official designation an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association this weekend. Chaco is one of only four official “dark sky” U.S. national parks. The others are Big Bend National Park (Texas), Death Valley National Park (California), and Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah). Chaco was recognized as a “dark sky” park in 2013, but the celebration had to be postponed because of the government shutdown in fall 2013. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park International Dark Sky Park Application has a wealth of information about the requirements to be recognized as a “dark sky” site, and includes information about the ancient practices and traditions of astronomy at Chaco.

 

Radioactive Leak At WIPP Was Preventable, Report Says“ – NPR

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management Accident Investigation Report says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. The accident at the nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," the report concludes. – 4/24/14