SLAC Today

Tuesday – March 7, 2006

(Photo - MMF)
The MMF is still under construction but should be completed on time by April 3.

Magnetic Measurement Facility Opens Soon

The Magnetic Measurement Facility (MMF) for the LCLS is scheduled to be completed by April 3. The first major facility built for the LCLS, the 4,800 square-foot building is right on schedule.

The MMF will house undulator magnets for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) until the summer of 2007, when the undulator hall will be completed. The temperature-controlled building will provide a space to work on the undulators and keep them cool, protecting the delicate technology inside.

"We are thrilled that the work will be completed as scheduled and hope this trend will continue with the upcoming major activities," said Conventional Facilities Manager of the LCLS project, David Saenz.

(Column - Safety Today)

California Waste Disposal - New Rules!

California Bans Disposal of Batteries and Fluorescent Lights in the Trash

Regulations are tightening on disposal of hazardous waste including batteries, fluorescent tubes, electronic devices, thermostats and other common household articles.

Previously, homeowners were able to dispose of this “universal waste” in regular trash. As of February 8, 2006, however, households will have to take these materials either to a household hazardous waste collection facility or to a recycling facility. Here at SLAC, we have already been doing this, as we follow industrial practices.

Here are answers to some questions you may have:

What are universal wastes and why are they a problem?

What happens if I throw Universal Waste in the garbage?

If I can’t throw this stuff in the trash how do I get rid of it?

How do I know if a particular electronic device can’t be thrown in the trash?

What’s in the future on management of universal wastes?

Per SLAC policy, do not bring hazardous waste to SLAC. It is not good legal or business sense, as we already pay (in our taxes) for State-funded household hazardous waste programs that help us manage our waste at home.

For information on local collection programs, contact your municipal waste service provider or check the California Environmental Protection Agency's list of Household Hazardous Waste Program Web links.

You can also check for a universal waste collection program near you.

More information...

SLAC's Research Yard Prepares for the LCLS

(Photo - LCLS Site)

These photos show the cleanup of the LCLS site over the past two years. Six months from now, FFTB will have been dismantled and construction for the LCLS will have begun. “It's an interesting review of the cleanup progress,” said Steve Williams, who took the photos with his model airplane and a built-in 8 megapixel camera.

SF Chronicle: One-Plane Garage with a View

(Photo - Burl Skaggs with his airplane)

When Burl Skaggs is preparing for his commute to work, he doesn't check the morning traffic news. He checks a weather map the night before.

Climate conditions determine whether his trip to the office will be a grueling three-hour freeway drive or a leisurely airplane flight that takes less than an hour.

"If I'm going to fly to work, I don't have to leave until 6:30 a.m.," he said, "but if I'm driving that day, I've got to be out the door before 5."

Three years ago, Burl and his wife, Carol, moved from their home in Cupertino to Cameron Park, a Sierra foothills community about 30 miles east of Sacramento that includes a residential airpark. They took their airplane, a 1958 Bonanza J-35, with them. Burl is a mechanical engineer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Carol worked for Kaiser Permanente in the Bay Area for 30 years.  Read more...

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