LANL raises bar with May shipments

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Remediation: More than 99 cubic meters of TRU waste has been removed

By The Staff

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Transuranic Waste Program is looking at another record-setting month for the amount of TRU waste leaving Area G, and headed off the hill to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for permanent disposal.

LANL exceeded its planned removal of TRU waste from Area G in April, shipping more than 91 cubic meters of waste to WIPP — more than the lab has ever shipped there in a single month.

The lab is headed for an even more successful May, with 99 cubic meters shipped to WIPP as of May 22.

“Our shipping performance reflects the acceleration that began last fall,” said Pete Maggiore, environmental programs manager for DOE’s Los Alamos Site Operations Office. “And we shipped even more waste than planned.”

LANL surpassed the planned removal of 78 cubic meters of TRU waste in April by more than 13 cubic meters, shipping 91.4 cubic meters of the waste to WIPP, which is located near Carlsbad. The volume was three times as much as was shipped during March.

The effort to accelerate removal of TRU waste stored above ground at Area G was spurred by the Las Conchas fire in 2011. After the fire, DOE and the state of New Mexico forged a framework agreement that calls for the removal of 3,706 cubic meters of waste stored above ground at Area G by June 30, 2014.

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