October 6, 2014

"NM health officials urge Ebola vigilance" -- Albuquerque Journal

The first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States is a “sentinel event” that has prompted health officials in New Mexico and nationally to re-examine U.S. readiness for the rare but deadly illness, a state Department of Health official said.

Chances are remote that someone with the Ebola virus will turn up at a New Mexico clinic, but state and hospital officials are alerting staff to remain vigilant with guidance from federal authorities. -- 10/4/2014

See also: CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease) website.


"WIPP Recovery Plan briefed to stakeholders" -- WIPP Update

The Department of Energy (DOE) released the WIPP Recovery Plan on 9/30/2014 and spent the rest of the week briefing congressional leaders, national news media, regulators and stakeholders on the plan details. Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the DOE Office of Environmental Management, began the briefings on Tuesday with meetings on the Hill with the New Mexico congressional delegation. Additional calls were made to the New Mexico governor’s office and the New Mexico Environment Department. Whitney ended the day Tuesday by holding a national press call to answer questions about the plan.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery Plan outlines the necessary steps to resume limited waste disposal operations in the first quarter of calendar year 2016. The plan includes the projected schedule and costs associated with resumption of waste emplacement at WIPP. -- 10/3/2014


"A Competition for the Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute" -- White House Fact Sheet

The Department of Defense is launching a competition to award more than $100 million in federal investment matched by $100 million or more in private investment to the winning consortia to build a new Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) focused on Integrated Photonics.  This Institute will focus on developing an end-to-end photonics ‘ecosystem’ in the U.S., including domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development. -- 10/3/2014

New Mexico’s congressional delegation said they were very pleased with the announcement. The delegation had lobbied for an Intergrated Photonics manufacturing hub to be located in the U.S. It is hoped that New Mexico will enter the competition. (See White House announcement raises hopes for New Mexico, Albuquerque Business First Morning Edition, 10/6/2014)