Thursday, February 11, 2010
Los Alamos Ramps Up WIPP Shipments
LOS ALAMOS — Los Alamos National Laboratory is nearly doubling its number of weekly shipments to the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.
Lab officials said the campaign announced Thursday will eliminate a backlog of about 1,500 drums of transuranic waste that are awaiting shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
A crew from Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will move temporarily to Los Alamos to double the lab's loading capacity. The loading facility also will move to a seven-day operation.
Los Alamos lab usually completes four shipments per week to WIPP. That will increase to seven during the campaign.
The transuranic waste consists of tools, rags, protective clothing, sludge, soil and other materials contaminated with radioactive elements.
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