Missteps and Secrets: Los Alamos Officials Downplayed Waste's Dangers

Number 26676
Subject Waste Disposal
Source The Santa Fe New Mexican
Year 2014
Publication Date Nov. 15, 2014
Summary A leak from a drum of Cold War-era nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., on Feb. 14, 2014, released radioactive contaminants that reached almost two dozen and the environment outside the ancient salt cavern turned nuclear waste dump. Documents obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican exposed truths deliberately hidden from regulators and waste dump personnel by Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the waste originated, and the private contractors that operate the lab.
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Keywords nuclear waste; cold war; dump; Los Alamos National Labratory
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