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shipments a first
Los Alamos National Laboratory has been storing 16 canisters of remote-handled transuranic waste (RH-TRU) in vertical underground shafts at its waste storage and disposal area, Area G, since the mid 1990s. The containers are now ready to go to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad.
The waste canisters hold radioactively contaminated materials, tools, rags, glassware, etc.) that were formerly used in “hot cells.”
“This is a big milestone for us,” laboratory spokesman Fred Desousa said. “WIPP has received 215 of these shipments from other parts of the country. It’s a first from New Mexico and it’s our first.”
The shipping casks on the WIPP trucks will look different, too.
“They look like giant dumbbells on the truck,” Desousa said.
The shipment is scheduled to leave for Carlsbad today. Shipments are set to continue at a rate of three or four per week until all 16 canisters are gone.