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.
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