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WIPP operater drafts plan for recovery from accident

Nuclear Waste Partnership, the operator of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, is working on a draft recovery plan following the February 14 radiation release and a previous fire. The Albuequerque Journal reported this morning: A recovery is underway at a … Continue reading

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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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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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With the U.S. still trying to figure out what to do with our own nuclear waste, why would the Department of Energy be looking at a proposal to import foreign waste?

As I told you on Monday, the Department of Energy is considering a proposal to allow the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to accept, process and dispose of spent nuclear fuel from Germany. The fuel contains 900 kilograms of … Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News editorial warns of expansion plans for West Texas nuclear waste dump

A Dallas Morning News editorial published Wednesday summarized the problems with Waste Control Specialists’ West Texas nuclear waste dump: The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission … Continue reading

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WIPP update: DOE report into underground fire finds safety flaws at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday morning: Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently … Continue reading

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