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New report critical of LANS, LAFO in accident

Phase II of the report detailing the accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was harshly critical of the procedure at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The accident that caused the shutdown of WIPP in February 2014 was a preventable one. Moreover, the follow-up report, released Thursday, placed much of the blame on LANL and its parent company.
Thursday’s report was released by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.
In the new report, the Accident Investigation Board was tasked by DOE to determine the cause of the TRU waste container failure.
The board stated in the report that “if LANL had adequately developed and implemented repackaging and treatment procedures that incorporated suitable hazard controls and included a rigorous review and approval process, the release would have been preventable.”
The March Phase I report, detailing the accident, concluded that an incompatible mix of materials in the now-infamous Drum 68660, which was shipped to the WIPP site near Carlsbad from Los Alamos, was the culprit of the leak.
Since the accident over a year ago, normal operations at the WIPP site have been stopped. No plans have been announced as to when the facility might be operating again.

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