nuclear waste

Local News
5:34 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Feds Not Surprised By Nuclear Fines

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was fined $17.7 million for accepting mislabeled nuclear waste and not appropriately filing paperwork. LANL was fined another $36.6 million for mishandling their waste.

The Department of Energy wasn’t surprised when they were hit with tens of millions of dollars in fines by the state environment department for mishandling of nuclear waste.

A spokesperson for the federal agency said they self-disclosed that both Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were in violation of their hazardous waste permits.

Back in February a container of nuclear waste from LANL that was being stored at WIPP ruptured and at least 20 workers were exposed to radiation.

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Local News
5:36 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Watchdog Says Nuclear Storage Boom Unlikely

An energy alliance in southeastern New Mexico has high hopes for importing spent nuclear fuel rods from other states in order to profit from storing the radioactive waste.
Credit Kenoir vis flickr


Supporters of a plan to profit from nuclear waste storage in southern New Mexico said this week that they hope to start collecting spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants soon.  However, a recent decision from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission doesn’t eliminate all of the hurdles that the group would have to clear before there’s a chance of that actually happening.

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News Update
2:20 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

State Environment Dept. To Hold Hearings On New WIPP Proposal

Aerial view of a Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank farm.
Credit Department of Energy

The New Mexico Environment Department announced this week it will hold public hearings on a request to ship more radioactive waste into the state.

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