Nuclear Waste
5:30 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Hanford Waste Plan Under Debate In New Mexico

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:24 pm

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to send some nuclear waste from leaky storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to southern New Mexico. The proposed new storage site is near Carlsbad and it's called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP, as it’s known, has been prohibited from receiving Hanford tank waste for nearly a decade. Now, New Mexicans are debating whether to reverse course, and accept some of the waste.

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