Category Archives: Los Alamos National Lab

LANL review: Hundreds of other barrels may be like the one that leaked at WIPP

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported today: As investigators keep trying to pinpoint what caused a drum of radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to pop open and leak in an underground repository near Carlsbad, the lab’s review of … Continue reading

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New theory about WIPP barrel leak: Trace metals + acidic waste + organic kitty litter = Exothermic reaction. And what does this bad chemistry mean for the treatment of low-level waste in Texas?

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported yesterday: A glove used to process nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory and metallic residue from that process have grabbed the attention of investigators probing the cause of a radiation leak at the … Continue reading

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Even before WIPP incident, Los Alamos lab raised criticality concerns, according to DOE report

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday: Even before a radiation leak in February halted the flow of nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, the federal government had identified deficiencies in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s safeguards … Continue reading

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