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Los Alamos National Laboratory has set a new LANL record for the amount of transuranic (TRU) waste from past nuclearoperations shipped in a single year to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM. In fact, the lab has shipped record numbers of transuranic waste each of the past three years.
The lab’s TRU Waste Program completed 171 shipments in the past fiscal year, between October 2010 and September 2011, breaking last year’s record of 158. The Lab has ramped up its waste disposal effort and has transported more than 450 shipments safely to WIPP since 2009.
“Transporting TRU waste off the laboratory is a high priority for Governor Martinez and the State of New Mexico,” said George Rael, assistant manager for environmental operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.
“This achievement is very important for the laboratory, NNSA, and the community,” he said.
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