WIPP “Events”


From Energy News, numerous documents on the 2014 “radiological event” that possibly released “370 Billion Bq of Plutonium equivalent may have escaped from WIPP drum during ‘thermal runaway’ & multiple fires.”  The “events”* occurred February 5 (86 workers were in the mine at the time of the fire) and February 14 (release of radioactive material from a transuranic (TRU) waste container in Panel 7 Room 7).

Below is a video of the April 3, 2015 meeting via youtube:


The next DOE WIPP Town Hall meeting is May 7:

The City of Carlsbad and DOE will co-host its Town Hall meeting featuring updates on WIPP recovery activities. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 101 N. Halagueno Street.

Live streaming of the meeting can be seen at http://new.livestream.com/rrv/



* See Hilgartner, Bell, & O’Connor (1982), Nukespeak: Nuclear Language, Visions, and Mindset (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books) and 30th anniversary update.

Also see 1999 comments from Dr. Judy Johnsrud and myself on behalf of the (now sunseted) Nuclear Waste Task Force, Sierra Club regarding the WIPP draft permit.


Geuss, M. (2016). Nuclear waste accident 2 years ago may cost more than $2 billion to clean up. ArsTechnica August 23. Retrieved from http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/08/nuclear-waste-accident-2-years-ago-may-cost-more-than-2-billion-to-clean-up/