Tag Archives: the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Report: Some Los Alamos nuclear waste too hazardous to move via Santa Fe New Mexican

By Scott Wyland  Los Alamos National Laboratory has identified 45 barrels of radioactive waste so potentially explosive — due to being mixed with incompatible chemicals — that crews have been told not to move them and instead block off the … Continue reading

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US seeks bids to manage underground nuclear waste dump via Albuquerque Journal

BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Energy Department is seeking bids to manage the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste repository amid efforts to rebound from a pandemic-related slowdown and as work continues to replace the facility’s ventilation … Continue reading

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Savannah River Site sends first large shipment of nuclear waste to WIPP since 2014 incident via Carlsbad Current Argus

Adrian Hedden A nuclear waste repository in Carlsbad recently accepted its first large cask of low-level waste in six years, following an accidental radiological release and unrelated truck fire in 2014 that led to the facility’s three-year cease in operations. … Continue reading

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Whatever America’s energy future, our nuclear waste problem isn’t going anywhere via Washington Examiner

Electricity affects nearly every aspect of modern life, from the food supply to health, transportation, housing and emergency services. Lives depend on reliable access to electrical power and nuclear power plants generate a fifth of all U.S. electricity. It would … Continue reading

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Nuclear waste facility receives its first shipment since 2014 accident via Ars Technica

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, began accepting shipments of transuranic waste (PDF) this month for the first time since February 2014 when an explosion of a drum of plutonium and americium waste halted all deliveries. […] For … 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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The Towns That Say “Yes in my Backyard!” to Nuclear Waste⁠⁠⁠ via Priceonomics

On November 10, 2011, a hundred or so residents of Andrews, Texas, gathered at a large hole in the ground to celebrate the grand opening of America’s newest nuclear waste dump. Assembled amongst the locals were political and business luminaries … Continue reading

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Nuclear waste: keep out for 100,000 years via Financial Times

Nuclear agencies are searching for the signs, language and solutions that will warn our descendants to stay away We are in a red metal cage bumping slowly down a mineshaft to our destination, half a kilometre under the ground near … 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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