New type of radioactive waste arrives at WIPP

December 24, 2011 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Waste shipments from the Sandia National Lab are now arriving at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

The Department of Energy announced the first of eight [auth] planned defense-related remote-handled transuranic waste shipments from the Albuquerque lab arrived Dec.16 for permanent disposal in WIPP’s underground repository.

The Carlsbad Current Argus ( ) reports that Department of Energy’s efforts to clean up New Mexico’s transuranic waste include 913 shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratories to WIPP. Transuranic waste is the byproduct of nuclear defense program research and weapons production.

The Department of Energy says the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is designed to safely isolate defense-related nuclear waste from people and the environment.

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