WIPP Reopens For Business

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There is only one place in the world licensed to accept highly radioactive material. The Waste Isolation Pilot Project, or WIPP, in Carlsbad, NM.  It accepts only nuclear waste generated from weapons production.  The facility was closed in 2014 when a barrel ruptured because they used the wrong kitty liter as an absorbent for the reactive materials inside the barrel.

Now they are open again and ready to accept the nation’s bomb waste material.  The community near the site couldn’t be happier to have a viable economic operation that will be generating jobs for the community for generations.

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I only learned about WIPP from the PBS series Independent Lens which ran a documentary that featured the facility.  You can watch the whole thing here.  It’s interesting how they’ve tried to come up with a way to mark these waste facilities with warnings that will last 10,000 years.  Watch

12 Comments on WIPP Reopens For Business

  1. Next up: The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. It has been studied to death for decades with billions of dollars spent trying to prove to the antinuclear wackos that it was safe. There is no better place in the country to store this waste. Senator Harry Reid was an early supporter, but then turned on the project and kept it from opening, shutting down nuclear power expansion for decades. This was in violation of the Federal Law that created the waste repository, and it created a great backlog of waste being stored at nuclear facilities.The decision to open thie Yucca Mountain Repository should be one of the first things that the reformed Energy Department does under the Trump Administration.

  2. @Marco I’d love to see that waste shoved right down Reid’s throat and to put those dangerous materials where there’s a lot less chance of a major catastrophe, i.e. Fukashima.

  3. Dr.Tar; Opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository will be a major blow to the one eyed little man from Searchlight, Nevada. I’m sure that his lawyer sons will find a way to cash in on the new situation, despite their father finally retiring to work on his exercise regimen. The only thing we have to be thankful for to Reid is his decision to reduce the number of votes it takes to approve Judges and Cabinet Appointees.

  4. Radioactive waste is not the glowing green viscous slime depicted in cartoons; it’s often blocks of dark glass with scredded radiactive metal embedded throughout.

    A frend of mine told me that while radioactive waste remains dangerous for thousands or even millions of years, coal fly ash is carcinogenic FOREVER, yet you don’t need to bury is inside earthquake-proof mountains.

  5. I’m only half way through the video, and I may have missed the answer to my question but, how are other countries storing or disposing of their nuclear waste?

    Another question: Will countries like Iran give a poop how they will store their nuclear waste?

    I’ve been waiting now for most of my life for the scientists to come up with fusion energy.

  6. geeknerd: “… coal fly ash is carcinogenic FOREVER, yet you don’t need to bury is inside earthquake-proof mountains.”

    No, we use it as an additive in concrete!

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