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New theory about WIPP barrel leak: Trace metals + acidic waste + organic kitty litter = Exothermic reaction. And what does this bad chemistry mean for the treatment of low-level waste in Texas?

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported yesterday:

A glove used to process nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory and metallic residue from that process have grabbed the attention of investigators probing the cause of a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a lab official told lawmakers Wednesday. 269 more words

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Dump Watch: Five potentially defective containers from WIPP site are being stored at West Texas waste dump

(Pictured: The ruptured container that remains at the WIPP site.)

The Department of Energy thinks it now knows what caused the radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. 294 more words

Radioactive Waste

Why do we still not know what’s wrong with WIPP?

By DON HANCOCK, Southwest Research and Information Center

More than four months after a radiation leak was detected late at night on Valentine’s Day at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), most of the important things about what happened and future options are still unknown. 1,348 more words

Environmental Regulation

Dump Watch: Latest news on Waste Control Specialists' West Texas nuclear waste dump

There’s a lot going on at our least favorite West Texas hole in the ground.

The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial last week that raised multiple alarms about the Waste Control Specialists’ low-level radioactive waste facility. 595 more words

Nuclear Power

Dallas Morning News editorial warns of expansion plans for West Texas nuclear waste dump

A Dallas Morning News editorial published Wednesday summarized the problems with Waste Control Specialists’ West Texas nuclear waste dump:

The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission as a depository for very limited quantities of low-level radioactive items from Texas and Vermont. 160 more words

Nuclear Power