Nuclear Waste Partnership, the management and operating contractor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy, is proposing to ship transuranic waste currently located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for temporary storage at Waste Control Specialists, located in western Andrews County, Texas.
The Department has committed to the state of New Mexico to removing 3,706 cubic meters of TRU waste from LANL by June 30.
Lab spokesman Matt Nerzig said the campaign was 80 percent complete when WIPP operations were suspended.
The waste will be moved to WIPP for final disposal once the site reopens. Any shipments of LANL transuranic waste to a temporary storage site are contingent upon the completion of an appropriate National Environmental Policy Act analysis.
Nerzig said the goal is to begin shipments after the completion of the NEPA analysis with a target date of April 1.
“We initially estimate that as many as 140 shipments of TRU waste from LANL would be sent to WCS,” said Nerzig, who added that the contract is contingent the completion of an appropriate analysis of the potential environmental impacts pursuant to the NEPA Act.