Some unfortunate fallout (no pun intended) from the February 14 incident at the Waste Isolation Plant (WIPP): Some plutonium-contaminated waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory that had been scheduled for shipment to WIPP may be bound for West Texas. The Albuquerque Journal reported today:
One frequently mentioned option might be to send the waste for temporary storage at Waste Control Specialists, a radioactive waste disposal site just across the Texas-New Mexico border from WIPP. The owners of the commercial waste facility have said they would be happy to help store the waste on an interim basis.
“At WCS we want to be a resource to DOE,” company spokesman Chuck McDonald said Wednesday. “We think we can help DOE and the federal government with this particular issue they’re facing with some interim storage for the WIPP materials, but I can’t say if there’s been any conversation or not. DOE doesn’t like anybody talking about anything.”