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Sandia National Laboratories on Wednesday shipped its final four truckloads of radioactive legacy waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
Gov. Susana Martinez was on hand for a press conference marking the final shipment of the so-called transuranic waste.
“This is a significant milestone in our efforts to protect New Mexico’s environment and keep our state beautiful,” Martinez said. “Today’s final shipment of TRU waste demonstrates an important partnership with Sandia National Laboratories as we work to preserve our state for future generations.”
Following Thursday’s press conference, four trucks carrying the final shielded containment vessels of remote handled TRU legacy waste from Sandia National Labs departed from the Eubank Gate heading to WIPP.
The Legacy Waste Clean-up Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and has been set up at several dozen federal lab sites across the country. Both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico participate in the program.
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