Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

WIPP Permit Change Proposed.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

Materials List Might Increase

About two dozen chemical compounds would be added to the list of materials that can be stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant under a proposed permit change.

The U.S. Department of Energy wants the state to allow the 26 chemical compounds at the underground nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad.

WIPP critic Don Hancock of the Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, said he is concerned about the proposed change.

"It's another attempt to ship items to WIPP that are and should be prohibited," he said.

WIPP spokesman Dan Balduini said the issue relates to how the chemicals are classified under federal code. …

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