Officials are hoping to seal off the south end of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s underground salt mine, where radiation was accidentally released in 2014, to allay safety concerns and ensure workers have clean air and stable ground in the future. “Lack of ground control during WIPP’s recovery from incidents in 2014 led to concerns regarding mine stability in this area, reinforced by several rocks falls over several years,” said WIPP spokesman Donavan Mager. “DOE made a decision in late 2016 to close the south end to reduce potential worker risks.” For better efficiency in sealing off the area, which includes six filled waste disposal panels and supporting access areas, the Department of Energy, which owns WIPP, and Nuclear Waste Partnership, which oversees the facility’s operations, proposed a permit modification through the New Mexico Environment Department to redefine how panels are permanently closed.
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After a seven-year respite, it appears that the federal government wants to take another crack at opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in southern Nevada, a project that state leaders have opposed since it was first pitched in the early 1980s. The RGJ Editorial Board urges its state leaders and congressional representatives to keep the fight going — because once again, Nevada is being kept on the sidelines of the discussion.
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