I Love It When The States Fight Back!


The WIPP Nuclear Storage Facility Leak will take 5 years to clean up and be ready for use once again. I say close the whole facility down! The structure that this stuff is being stored in is not as stable as they thought it was…

The state found 37 violations of its hazardous waste permits on the part of the U.S. Department of Energy at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Santa Fe, according to documents released by New Mexico’s Environment Department.  The state blamed the energy agency for major procedural problems that led to an improperly maintained salt truck catching fire at the Carlsbad plant on Feb. 7 and an improperly packaged Los Alamos National Laboratory barrel of waste rupturing at the site a week later, the documents showed.

The leak exposed 22 workers to low levels of radiation that were not expected to threaten their health, according to Nuclear Waste Partnership, a contractor that operates the facility.

The New Mexico Environment Department also found that the response by the contractor and the federal energy agency were “less than adequate.” The state fined the energy agency $17.7 million for violations at the plant and $36.6 million for lab violations.  The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a salt mine where radioactive material is buried half a mile below ground, is not expected to be fully operational again for five years because of the incidents. The cost for initial recovery of the dump is estimated at $240 million.

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