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DOE will provide WIPP update next week


Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus (Carlsbad, N.M.) CARLSBAD — It appears the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is far from reopening, and the latest update of recovery operations will be presented during a state legislative meeting next week. Dana Bryson, the U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office deputy manager, will present the latest status report of underground cleanup at WIPP 10:30 ...

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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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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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Extra money approved to reopen WIPP

By Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal, NM WASHINGTON – U.S. House appropriators on Tuesday matched President Barack Obama’s $220 million budget request for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant – and approved potentially $120 million more – to help get the nuclear waste repository operating again. The budget approved by the House Energy and Water Appropriation Subcommittee would allow the National Nuclear ...

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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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