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New Mexico nuke storage plant cleared to reopen 3 years after accident

Doug G. Ware, A nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico will resume some operations as early as next month — nearly three years after it closed following an accident that contaminated the facility with radiation, officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeast New Mexico

New Mexico says 57 nuke containers could be threat “NUCLEAR WASTE MISSING”?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — The New Mexico Environment Department says Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 containers of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter thought to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government’s troubled repository. Department Secretary Ryan Flynn on Monday gave the lab two days to submit a plan for fixing

New Mexico cancels permit to expand leaky nuclear waste site

 New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said. Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area “waste isolation pilot project” (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after an accidental leak last month from the site which

New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste

 The federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the repository. Dozens of drums and other special containers that have been shipped to the Waste Isolation

Nuke dump officials confirm leak of waste

 Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility. Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the