Tuesday, May 15, 2007

DOE Mishandling Radioactive Waste?

Is the DOE now sending radioactive waste to ordinary landfills? Maybe so.

ENS link

TAKOMA PARK, Maryland, May 14, 2007 (ENS) - Radioactive materials from nuclear weapons facilities are being released to regular landfills and could get into commercial recycling streams, finds a report issued today by the nonprofit Nuclear Information and Resource Service, NIRS. Radioactive scrap, concrete, equipment, asphalt, plastic, wood, chemicals, and soil are placed in ordinary landfills, researchers learned.

Contaminated by nuclear bomb production at Department of Energy, DOE, facilities, some of the radioactive waste is processed by state-licensed companies. In some cases it is "redefined" as "special" and then disposed of in regular landfills.


There is much, much more at the link. It would be difficult to understate the significance of this report. Go read the entire piece.

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