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Another truck uncovered at TA-21

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By John Severance

Workers cleaning up Material Disposal Area B at Technical Area 21 off DP Road have finished 80 percent of their excavation.
And surprise, surprise, guess what excavators have unearthed in the past month?
Another truck.
“This one was really mangled,” said Patricia Jones, who works in the environmental programs division for the Recovery Act projects at LANL. “Nobody took a photo of it.”
There were photos taken of another truck unearthed a couple of months ago that were published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
For years rumors have been circulating about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945 and was later buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road.
Jones said the second truck was located pretty close to the first truck that was unearthed.
When asked if it was “the truck,” Jones laughed and said, “I don’t know.”
Jones spent Tuesday calling on businesses along DP Road to give an update on the project.
Three areas of MDA-B that already have been excavated and had waste removed have been found to have trace amounts of radioactive contamination. These areas are scheduled for open-air remediation.
“We are just waiting for a still day when the wind is not blowing,” Jones said.


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