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New manager appointed to lead troubled nuke waste dump


CARLSBAD, N.M. — A nuclear expert from Idaho has been named the new president and project manager of the company that oversees the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Nuclear Waste Partnership announced the change Thursday, saying Philip Breidenbach will replace Bob McQuinn next week. McQuinn came on board in 2014 shortly after a radiation release ...

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Radiation scans being offered for free


CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center is offering free lung and whole body counting services, or radiation scans, to residents who live within a 100-mile radius of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant The scans are part of a research project titled “Lie Down and Be Counted.” Since 1997, the program has been working to establish a baseline ...

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CARLSBAD — An abnormal odor was detected Thursday by four waste handling technicians at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, according to an update released Tuesday. The workers were performing surface temperature measurements on the transuranic waste containers when they began smelling a “cleaner-like scent,” a WIPP update said. This odor detection occurred two days before it was made public that ...

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WIPP officials focus on safety


CARLSBAD — Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials emphasized employee safety during Thursday night’s town hall meeting. At the meeting, officials went over what is new about the recovery process and addressed concerns about how the facility is ensuring the safety of its workers both now and in future activities. Joe Franco, manager of the Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, ...

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WIPP cleanup costs another $113 million


Congress has been asked to add funds to help clean up the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. Senator Tom Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate panel in charge of finalizing federal energy spending bills requesting an additional $113 million for cleaning up the WIPP. The WIPP has been closed since ...

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Rains have minimal impact on WIPP

Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — The weeklong rains that drenched Eddy County only slightly impacted recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP came away “mostly unscathed” from the September storms according to Department of Energy officials, who also reported two brief partial power outages at the waste disposal facility that delayed entries underground last week. Since Sept. 12, ...

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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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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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