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Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn’t exist. The Energy Department will stop charging the fee by court order on Friday. The amount is only a small percentage of most customers’ bills, but it ...

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Nuke expert believes ‘kitty litter’ switch led to WIPP leak

kitty litter

By Staci Matlock, The Santa Fe New Mexican An absorbent material similar to kitty litter is the likely cause of a radiation leak that shut down the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad three months ago, according to a longtime nuclear expert. A company in charge of packing radioactive contaminated materials at Los Alamos National Laboratory in containers for ...

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Udall: WIPP investigation reports “very troubling”

Zack Ponce for Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — Sen. Tom Udall says recent investigation reports into accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are “very troubling.” A Department of Energy Accident Investigation Board blamed the Feb. 5 underground vehicle fire and subsequent Feb. 14 radiation leak on a lack of oversight and erosion of safety culture by all parties involved ...

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DOE investigation criticizes WIPP

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

LAUREN VILLAGRAN for Albuquerque Journal LAS CRUCES — The lead investigator into a radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste repository blasted management’s response to the incident, citing inadequacies in safety and maintenance programs, among other trouble areas. Ted Wyka, chairman of the Department of Energy’s accident investigation board, briefed the public on the board’s initial conclusions on how ...

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Talk begins of high-level radioactive waste in Andrews


In a meeting with Andrews civic leaders, Waste Control Specialists representatives recently floated the idea of storing high-level radioactive waste at their local collection site, if the community approves. “It is something that if we had the community support of, at WCS we would be interested in being a part of that,” said Chuck McDonald, a spokesman for the company. ...

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Second entry into WIPP underground planned

WIPP Equipment

CARLSBAD — Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant expect to schedule a second entry to the underground soon, after a successful first entry by two eight-man teams revealed no contamination Wednesday. “We planned it extremely well, we practiced it extremely well, and then we did it,” said Bob McQuinn, project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership, the contractor that operates ...

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