Category Archives: Nuclear waste

WIPP update: Samples were not taken during first week following radioactive release

I don’t know how to respond to this without cursing, so I’ll just say that Carlsbad television station KRQE reported yesterday: It turns out it wasn’t until a week after the radiation leak at WIPP that state officials collected additional … Continue reading

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LA Times Q & A on WIPP accident contains a spooky picture and a frightening answer

The Los Angeles Times ran a Q & A piece today on the February accident and radioactive release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Most of the questions were ignorant, and the answers ranged from simplistic to … Continue reading

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WIPP leak update: DOE ups number of contaminated workers to 17

The Albuquerque Journal reported today: The Department of Energy announced Sunday that 17 workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad have tested positive for radiation contamination, an increase from 13 workers the department previously reported. More details as … Continue reading

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Tennessee nuke waste processing company goes bankrupt. Are there implications for Texas?

Impact Services Inc., a Tennessee low level radioactive waste processor, filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported yesterday: An Oak Ridge, Tenn., firm storing 1 million pounds of scrap radioactive material has filed bankruptcy, leaving Tennessee … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Worker exposure, medical misadministration, fuel storage problems and fire safety defects

Some items from today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Reports page:  1. The Yaffe Iron and Metal Company reported to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality that the scrap metal yard had discovered an “orphaned radioactive source” in an outgoing shipment … Continue reading

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WCS signs contract to accept low-level nuclear waste from 17 nuclear power plants

Waste Control Specialists (WCS) announced today that it has signed a contract with Utilities Service Alliance (USA) to accept Class A, B and C low-level radioactive waste at WCS’ Andrews County dump in West Texas. USA represents 15 utilities operating … Continue reading

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(Totally unrelated aside: the above photo is of the original reactor containment at Dounreay, and is known locally as Fred the Golf Ball.) Dounreay nuclear is leaking again.   The first reactor at the Scottish site was built in 1955, … Continue reading

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