New Mexico radiation leak was never supposed to happen


The radiation leak that has shut down the nation’s only operating underground nuclear waste disposal site was, for all practical purposes, never supposed to happen.

No one knows yet how or why a waste drum leaked at southeast New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Valentine’s Day, triggering alarms, exposing workers and setting off a cascade of events that could cripple the nation’s radioactive waste disposal system.

But a Journal review of Department of Energy records shows that, before WIPP opened, the agency put the risk of such an accident at one chance in 10,000 to one in 1 million during any given year of WIPP operations.

WIPP, which was supposed to safely protect waste for 10,000 years, has been open just 15 years, noted Don Hancock, head of the Nuclear Waste Safety Program at the nonprofit Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque.

When will people learn that it is not possible to store nuclear waste anywhere on this planet safely for the time necessary. Leaks will always happen. STOP USING NUCLEAR.

Published in: on March 10, 2014 at 20:51  Leave a Comment  
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