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Sat May 31, 2014, 11:35 AM

 

WIPP probe: Emails raise new questions

Albuquerque Journal
By Lauren Villagran / Journal Staff Writer - Las Cruces Bureau
UPDATED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 10:49 am
PUBLISHED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:05 am


[font size=1]This container of radioactive waste from Los Alamos has been photographed in
underground storage at WIPP with its lid unsealed and apparent heat discoloration.
(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy)
Copyright © 2014 Albuquerque Journal[/font]

The chemical reaction that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant may have been caused by allowing materials, which most chemists know are not compatible, to be mixed.

The New Mexico Environment Department has made public online internal Los Alamos National Laboratory emails showing Los Alamos approved products to be used in the drums that some experts say contain ingredients widely known to cause a heat reaction when combined with the drums’ other contents.

The emails are not about the switch from inorganic to organic cat litter – a top theory of what caused the hot reaction at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. These emails pertain to other organic materials approved for use in the drums.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said the department is looking at how decisions were made on changes in the contents of the drums. “This issue is one that we are pushing for answers on,” he said.

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- Whenever you hear weasel words that include phrases like: ''some experts'' -- you know lawyers are somewhere close at hand trying to create a reasonable doubt......

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Sat May 31, 2014, 11:37 AM

1. My bet as to the culprit ...

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