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Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

Specially-trained workers make unmanned tests inside a nuclear waste dump in Carlsbad, N.M.  (AP Photo/Department of Energy) Specially-trained workers make unmanned tests inside a nuclear waste dump in Carlsbad, N.M. (AP Photo/Department of Energy)
Operations at site were halted in February following a truck fire and a release of radiation nine days later. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) Operations at site were halted in February following a truck fire and a release of radiation nine days later. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — 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.

Waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is halted because of a Feb. 5 truck fire and a Feb. 14 radiation leak that contaminated 17 workers.

Nuclear Waste Partnership says it and the Department of Energy propose to ship Los Alamos waste to a Waste Control Specialists site in Texas' Andrews County.

The partnership says the waste would go to the New Mexico plant for final disposal once it reopens.

Los Alamos has promised the state it will get the last of thousands of barrels of plutonium-contaminated clothing, tools, rags and other debris off its campus by June.

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