Protests rampant against possible WIPP transfer

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By Associated Press


CARLSBAD (AP) — A decision to transfer a record-storage contract for the government’s troubled underground nuclear waste dump to a Tennessee company is a “crime against the taxpayer” and sends the wrong message as the project struggles to recover from the most significant setback in its history, community leaders said in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

City and county leaders on Tuesday issued the objection to a recent announcement by the Nuclear Waste Partnership, which runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico for the federal Department of Energy, that it had awarded the contract to handle all of the dump’s archives and documents to a Tennessee-based company, TFE Inc. TFE replaces S.M. Stoller Corp., which employs about 90 people in Carlsbad.

The change comes as the dump is indefinitely shuttered by a mysterious radiation leak that contaminated 21 workers with low levels of radiation.

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