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Watchdog files appeal over planned nuclear storage complex via KOB4

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A proposed multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico that would store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. is facing another legal challenge as opponents have filed an appeal in federal court. They … Continue reading

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Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history via Los Angeles Times

When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations. The early … Continue reading

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Settlement over WIPP and LANL violations finalized via Albuquerque Journal

[…] Projects include: $34 million to improve roads in southeastern New Mexico. $12 million to improve roads around Los Alamos, especially those used to transport nuclear waste to WIPP. $20 million to repair water infrastructure in Los Alamos, including upgrading … Continue reading

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Nuclear waste storage sites in rock salt may be more vulnerable than previously thought via Science blog

Research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as thought or as capable of isolating nuclear waste … Continue reading

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Nuclear waste repository to install safety chambers via The Santa Fe New Mexican

CARLSBAD — Managers at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in Southern New Mexico plan to install several safety bunkers. [….] The repository has been closed since February 2014, when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory … Continue reading

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New Mexico leaders push for high-level nuclear waste via Santa Fe New Mexican

At first glance, the barren stretch of desert between Carlsbad and Hobbs in southeastern New Mexico seems unfit for any kind of industry. But this rugged, nondescript patch of land is poised to be the focus of the next national … Continue reading

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LANL officials downplayed waste’s dangers even after WIPP leak via Santa Fe New Mexican

For Los Alamos National Security LLC, the private consortium that operates the lab, the stakes were high. Meeting the deadline would help it secure an extension of its $2.2 billion annual contract from the U.S. Department of Energy. But the … Continue reading

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Energy Dept. faces major hurdles to reopen New Mexico nuclear dump via Los Angeles Times

7,000 steps are needed to reopen damaged nuclear waste dump in N.M., officials say Cost of N.M. nuclear waste dump accident could approach $1 billion The Energy Department has identified 7,000 steps needed to reopen its badly damaged nuclear waste … Continue reading

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Concern over another WIPP drum via Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – A drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been singled out as having contents – including a discarded glove containing lead – that are most similar to those in a barrel that popped open due to … Continue reading

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New Mexico nuclear waste site may be hobbled for years via The Washington Post

It may be years before an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico shuttered by a radiation leak is fully operational, and costs for decontamination and other activities to restore the facility are not yet clear, Energy Department officials said. … Continue reading

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