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Feds to unveil cleanup plan for nuke waste dump


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After nearly eight months, the U.S. Department of Energy has formalized a plan for cleaning up the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. The department is scheduled to release details of the plan Tuesday afternoon. It will outline what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground facility so operations can resume. ...

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WIPP contractor got $1.9 million bonus after fire


LAUREN VILLAGRAN | Albuquerque Journal Just five days after an underground truck fire closed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Energy Department awarded the contractor that operates the nuclear repository $1.9 million for “excellent” performance during the past year. One radiation leak and two sharply worded accident investigation reports later slamming the same contractor for long-running safety and maintenance problems, that ...

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Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press HORONOBE, Japan — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government reassurances, some of Horonobe’s 2,500 residents fear could turn their neighborhood ...

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Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples


Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press RICHLAND, Wash. — Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. But Hanford officials said Wednesday that doesn’t mean that vapors aren’t making workers sick. Related: AP Exclusive: ...

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LANL waste contractor denies cat litter role in WIPP radiation leak

Mark Oswald | the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) SANTA FE — An operations manager for EnergySolutions, which packages waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory, says his company believes nothing it added to waste drums caused a radioactive leak that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant. “We followed the procedures that were provided to us, and I think LANL ...

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Phase two of WIPP recovery about to begin

Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus (Carlsbad, N.M.) CARLSBAD — Phase two of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant underground recovery process is about to begin according to Department of Energy officials. Workers at WIPP, located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, recently completed air filter replacement and will next move on to cleaning soot in the underground salt mines that lingers from the ...

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Closure of WIPP casts long shadow

Back in 1979, the nation was sitting on a tremendous pile of nuclear waste from decades of weapons production with no safe place to dispose of it permanently. The country looked to southeastern New Mexico for an answer. That year, Congress authorized the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in which storage vaults would be formed from ancient salt beds near Carlsbad ...

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Senators urge budget revisions for NM nuke waste

Associated Press CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s two U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to change his proposed budget to ensure that there’s money for work needed at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in Carlsbad. The repository has been closed since February because of a radiation release. Related: New Mexico: 500 barrels of questionable nuke waste packed with ...

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Feds will miss deadline to remove LANL nuke waste


By Patrick Malone | The Sante Fe New Mexican The U.S. Department of Energy notified state regulators Friday that it won’t meet a June 30 deadline to remove nuclear waste stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The department cited delays caused by a Feb. 14 radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, where waste from the lab ...

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WIPP probe: Emails raise new questions

By Lauren Villagran, Journal Staff Writer – Las Cruces Bureau The chemical reaction that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant may have been caused by allowing materials, which most chemists know are not compatible, to be mixed. The New Mexico Environment Department has made public online internal Los Alamos National Laboratory emails showing Los Alamos approved products ...

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