Los Alamos National Laboratory has made the first of its 18 shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at Idaho National Laboratory.
The first shipment left Los Alamos, Nov, 13, according to lab spokesman Fred DeSousa.
“Known as MTRU, or mixed transuranic waste, the material requires special handling because it consists mostly of large, metal equipment with sharp edges. By using equipment and technology available at the Idaho site, this waste can be remotely repackaged safely and efficiently with far fewer hazards for workers,” Desousa said in a statement. He added, “Removing such waste from Los Alamos facilitates the lab’s effort to meet our commitments with New Mexico. In addition, the three-site operation demonstrates DOE-EM’s ability to meet the challenge of conducting high priority but technically complex environmental management operations.”
In all 46 cubic meters will be shipped to Idaho and eventually back to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
The shipments are part of the lab’s campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of TRU-Waste by the end of June.
On Friday, DeSousa said, “We ended FY 13 having shipped 2,745 cubic meters vs. our goal of 2,600 toward the campaign goal of 3,706.”