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  • US calls for improved ventilation at troubled nuclear dump

    US calls for improved ventilation at troubled nuclear dump

    Monday, January 5 2015 4:51 PM EST2015-01-05 21:51:36 GMT
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    CARLSBAD, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
    CARLSBAD, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
  • DOE reaches out to New Mexico over nuke violations

    DOE reaches out to New Mexico over nuke violations

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 4:22 PM EST2014-12-09 21:22:17 GMT
    SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy and one of its contractors have reached out to New Mexico, asking for an opportunity to discuss $54 million in penalties stemming from mishaps that forced the closure of the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository.
    SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy and one of its contractors have reached out to New Mexico, asking for an opportunity to discuss $54 million in penalties stemming from mishaps that forced the closure of the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository.
  • Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

    Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-10-01 20:53:32 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste to the federal government's troubled nuclear dump site in southeastern New Mexico may resume as early as 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy said in announcing that the agency is committed to cleaning up the facility after a shutdown in February.A recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts details what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground Waste Isolation P...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste to the federal government's troubled nuclear dump site in southeastern New Mexico may resume as early as 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy said in announcing that the agency is committed to cleaning up the facility after a shutdown in February.A recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts details what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground Waste Isolation P...
  • New Mexico: 500 barrels of questionable nuke waste

    New Mexico: 500 barrels of questionable nuke waste

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-05-21 00:22:30 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico environment officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory were packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the government's underground nuclear waste dump.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico environment officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory were packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the government's underground nuclear waste dump.
  • New Mexico says 57 nuke containers could be threat

    New Mexico says 57 nuke containers could be threat

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-05-20 15:27:05 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.
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    DOE: Could be 3 years to fully reopen NM nuke dump

    DOE: Could be 3 years to fully reopen NM nuke dump

    Friday, May 9 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-05-09 18:38:34 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The head of the recovery effort at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico says it could be 3 years before full operations resume at the underground facility.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The head of the recovery effort at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico says it could be 3 years before full operations resume at the underground facility.
  • Crews find damaged material in nuke dump

    Crews find damaged material in nuke dump

    Friday, May 2 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-05-02 18:45:33 GMT
    CARLSBAD, N.M.  - Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.
    CARLSBAD, N.M.  - Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.
  • Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

    Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

    Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:11:21 GMT
    CARSLBAD, N.M. (AP) - More than two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, crews think they have identified the area where the release occurred.
    CARSLBAD, N.M. (AP) - More than two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, crews think they have identified the area where the release occurred.
  • Oversight chair questions safety at nuke dump

    Oversight chair questions safety at nuke dump

    Oversight chair questions safety at nuke dump

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-03-25 19:37:43 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were "near misses" at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were "near misses" at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies.
  • Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

    Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

    Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

    Thursday, March 20 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-03-20 15:52:28 GMT
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.
  • Deadlines given for New Mexico nuclear dump site

    Deadlines given for New Mexico nuclear dump site

    State officials in New Mexico are taking a stand when it comes to handling nuclear waste in the state that has been making recent headlines. 
    State officials in New Mexico are taking a stand when it comes to handling nuclear waste in the state that has been making recent headlines. 
  • Nuclear dump leak raises questions about cleanup

    Nuclear dump leak raises questions about cleanup

    With operations on hold, so are shipments, including the last of nearly 4,000 barrels of toxic waste that Los Alamos National Laboratories has been ordered to remove from its campus by June.
    With operations on hold, so are shipments, including the last of nearly 4,000 barrels of toxic waste that Los Alamos National Laboratories has been ordered to remove from its campus by June.


     
  • 13 were exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

    13 were exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak, raising questions about whether the facility's safety systems worked as well as officials have said.
  • NM nuclear dump officials say environment is safe

    NM nuclear dump officials say environment is safe

    CARLSBAD, N.M. - Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.
    CARLSBAD, N.M. - Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.
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