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Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago. Documents released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department show Nuclear Waste Partnership — which ...

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New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico will be able to signal officials aboveground in the event of an emergency thanks to a new wireless communication system. The U.S. Department of Energy and the repository’s manager announced the installation of the system Thursday. It includes audible and flashing alarms and ...

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DOE report finds ‘negative trend’ in WIPP operations

A Department of Energy oversight team found an overall “negative trend” in the operation of a southeast New Mexico nuclear waste repository following two serious accidents, but plant managers say progress has been made since the review concluded. In a memo distributed to employees and obtained by the Journal , DOE’s Office of Enterprise Assessments analyzed operations at the Waste ...

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Feds OK $73M settlement in WIPP leak

In a landmark settlement, the Department of Energy has agreed to fund infrastructure projects in New Mexico worth $73.25 million to resolve fines connected with last year’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department levied the largest-ever fines against the federal government in December — $54 million — over permit violations at the WIPP ...

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New manager appointed to lead troubled nuke waste dump

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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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Report: Nuke dump radiation leak could have been prevented

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday. A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Accident Investigation Board. ...

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Nuclear reprocessing plant gets go ahead to expand

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A nuclear materials reprocessing facility called URENCO has been cleared to expand their facility after issuing an environmental assessment. URENCO is located near the Texas-New Mexico border, off of New Mexico Route 176 near the town of Eunice and is approximately 60 miles east of Carlsbad. URENCO is not in anyway related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, ...

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Carlsbad approves resolution addressing nuke dump fines

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government’s nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico. Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway’s nuclear taskforce announced Wednesday that the city has signed off on the resolution. A similar resolution is ...

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