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Inside a Nuclear Waste Repository: 2,000 Feet Below the Earth via The California Report

Reporter: Craig Miller

In California, spent nuclear fuel is piling up outside reactors. Across the globe, Sweden’s nuclear industry has learned to work with communities to devise a permanent disposal solution, something with which the United States is still grappling.

However in New Mexico, a private company operates the world’s only functioning geologic repository for one kind of nuclear waste.

On a parched plain in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, Bobby St. John demonstrates the many layers of protection inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). St. John and more than 700 other employees work here at WIPP, for a subsidiary of the San Francisco-based URS Corporation.

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