Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State Rejects Fed Test of WIPP Waste.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

DOE Sought New Analysis Methods

The New Mexico Environment Department this week turned down a federal request to change the way drums of nuclear waste headed for WIPP are analyzed.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is the U.S. Department of Energy's underground repository for radioactive waste. WIPP operates under a permit from the state.

DOE wanted to change the requirements for how long workers must wait after a waste container has been closed to sample the gases that accumulate inside.

The gases must be tested to measure concentrations of hazardous volatile organic compounds. …

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