Tag Archives: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

State of New Mexico demands feds investigate WIPP, federal nuclear programs via Carlsbad Current-Argus

Adrian Hedden Stronger oversight of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant could be coming as the federal government was called on by New Mexico officials and members of Congress to address alleged problems with the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup … Continue reading

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New Mexico Nuclear Activists Brainstorm on How to Stop LANL, WIPP Expansion – Taos Enviro Film Festival – via Nuclear Hotseat

Libbe Halevy Listen Here: Audio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Podcast: Download This Week’s Special Feature: New Mexico Nuclear Activists – On August 8, as part of the commemoration of the atomic bomb being dropped by the United … Continue reading

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US Nuclear Dump Facing Space, Staffing Challenges via Manufacturing.net

The repository is at the center of a multibillion-dollar effort to clean up waste from decades of U.S. nuclear research and bomb-making. Dec 1st, 2020Susan Montoya Bryan ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump could … Continue reading

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Federal agencies want to extend nuclear waste site to 2080 via Santa Fe/New Mexican

By Scott Wyland […] The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s permit is set to expire in 2024, but federal officials who oversee the nation’s nuclear programs believe the underground repository near Carlsbad can keep taking radioactive waste for decades to come. … Continue reading

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Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste via News Center

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn’t consult their states’ nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico, the governors say. The Western Governors’ … Continue reading

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What Will Be Left When We’re Gone? Bones, Plastic, and Radioactive Waste via Grist

By Kate Yoder Millions of years from now, what will be left of us? At the rate we’re going, nature might well have taken over. Moscow and Mumbai will be sand and gravel cast across the desert expanse; New York … Continue reading

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Trump administration axes project to generate power from plutonium via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration plans to kill a project it says would have cost tens of billions of dollars to convert plutonium from Cold War-era nuclear bombs and burn it to generate electricity, according to a document it … Continue reading

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WIPP: Full air filtration mode a ‘conservative decision’ to protect environment, workers via Carlsbad Current Argus

Air in the underground facility of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continues to be heavily filtered to prevent radioactive particles from reaching the outside air, despite research that suggests it is not longer needed. Filtration reduces the amount of work … Continue reading

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Expected WIPP roof collapse raises anxiety via The Santa Fe New Mexican

In the coming weeks, deep inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, large blocks of salt rock are expected to collapse inside a room containing six irradiated vehicles, each holding gasoline. The room is packed with radioactive waste, and … Continue reading

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Federal auditors say US nuclear dump running out of room via ABC News

The only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive tools, clothing and other debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, much less tons of weapons-grade plutonium that the nation has agreed … Continue reading

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