Tag Archives: radioactive waste

Coming soon to a railroad near you: The Plutonium Express

  There are these two holes in the ground, one in West Texas and one in eastern New Mexico, and the owners are fighting over who can bury the worst radioactive nightmares imaginable. The problem is that every imaginable route to the … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Sealed sources run over, failed to retract, involved in transportation accident, and some poor fool gets the Barney-Watching Job

It’s not often that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Event Notification report has a unifying theme, but today’s page has five incidents, all involving sealed-sources containing radioactive material. 1. Terracon Inc. of Colorado Springs reported that a Troxler moisture-density gauge … Continue reading

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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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At last, an update (of sorts) from WIPP: Video, samples being collected underground

Albuquerque television station KQRE reported yesterday: More testing is going on at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. WIPP officials say they’re collecting extra samples from the underground facility where a radiation leak happened in February. Samples from the … Continue reading

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Federal mine safety inspectors cite WIPP for 52 workplace violations

Reuters reported yesterday: The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in June inspected the surface facilities at the sprawling (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) complex near Carlsbad and issued 52 citations, ranging from exposed electrical wiring to housekeeping matters, plant … Continue reading

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Ten more potentially explosive barrels still underground at WIPP

The only thing buried deeper than the waste barrels at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is the lead in an AP story that ran yesterday in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Here’s the story, starting from paragraph seven of … Continue reading

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Dump Watch: Five potentially defective containers from WIPP site are being stored at West Texas waste dump

(Pictured: The ruptured container that remains at the WIPP site.) The Department of Energy thinks it now knows what caused the radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. According to the Albuquerque Journal: The Department of … Continue reading

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