Nuclear production waste moved to underground storage
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June 3 — The U.S. Department of Energy announced it has moved 1,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste off of the Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington, to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.
The shipping of the waste was scheduled to be completed before Sept. 30, but officials announced it was completed by the end of May.
Shipments of waste from the Hanford Site, located about 190 miles southeast of Seattle, began in 2000 and were restarted in March of 2010 after the Department of Energy received $ 30 million in funding from the federal government. Shipments had been on hold for 18 months, the agency said in a statement.
According to the Department of Energy, the shipments contained 55-gallon drums and steel boxes with contaminated solid waste, including debris from cleaning out plutonium production facilities.
Waste that has been temporarily stored at sites around the country is brought to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant where it is permanently disposed of 2,150 below the surface, the Department of Energy said. The site is located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., in the southeastern corner of the state.
Jeremy Carroll is a reporter for Waste & Recycling News. Contact him at [email protected] or 313-446-6780
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