Nuclear, Waste Management & Decommissioning

LANL resumes transuranic waste shipments to Texas site

Shipments of transuranic waste resumed from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to a site in Texas.

The waste was received at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas, where it will be kept until it can be shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. for final disposal. The arrangement is part of an agreement between WCS and Nuclear Waste Partnership, the management and operating contractor at WIPP, to remove 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored aboveground at Area G by June 30, 2014. So far, 3,200 cubic meters of the waste has been removed since the program began in January 2012. Transuranic waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, debris and other items contaminated with small amounts of radioactive elements, mostly plutonium.

Waste shipments to WIPP were halted after an underground vehicle fire and radiological release in February.

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