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Additional SRIC Nuclear Waste Documents

Information about the February 14, 2014 WIPP Radiation Leak can be found here.

On August 5, 2022, SRIC's Don Hancock presented a written statement and powerpoint regarding STOP Forever WIPP to the State Legislature Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee. Documents from that meeting are at:

On March 18, 2022, SRIC's Abstract and Powerpoint "WIPP: The Only TRU Waste Repository?" was presented virtually in the American Physical Society Session on "Radioactive Waste - A Problem Not Going Away."

Don Hancock on WIPP's New Mission, an interview for New Mexico People Places and Ideas, hosted by Stephen Spitz, and airing on KUNM 01/07/2022.

On November 16, 2021, SRIC's Don Hancock was interviewed by Lorene Mills for the PBS weekly show, Report from Santa Fe.

On July 14, 2021, SRIC's Don Hancock presented a written statement and powerpoint regarding STOP Forever WIPP to the State Legislature Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee. Documents from that meeting are at: https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Handouts_List?CommitteeCode=RHMC&Date=7/14/2021

On October 21, 2020, the New Mexico Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee is holding a virtual meeting to discuss WIPP and other issues. SRIC's Don Hancock provided a powerpoint and written statement.

DOE's Plan to Exceed WIPP Waste Limits
On August 22, 2019, DOE issued its Draft WIPP Strategic Plan.
SRIC and many other groups oppose the "WIPP Forever" plan and submitted comments. SRIC also submitted more detailed comments.

SRIC opposes DOE's Plan to keep WIPP open until 2050 and dramatically exceed the legal limits of waste allowed. That 2016 Plan was publicly released in response to SRIC's Freedom of Information Act request. (DOE's FOIA response and the Plan.) DOE is in the process of updating the Plan and there should be opportunities for public comment.

NAS WIPP Committee.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), at the request of DOE regarding congressional appropriations provisions, has established a new committee on "Disposal of Surplus Plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant." As part of its first meeting on November 29, 2017 SRIC's Don Hancock was invited to briefly address the committee (presentation). On March 12, 2018, SRIC's Don Hancock was invited to make an additional presentation. On April 30, 2020, the Committee issued its final report.

Don Hancock, Soutwest Research and Information Center by Paul DeRienzo. The Torch Sundays 1PM on PRN.fm Don Hancock is a leading expert on nuclear waste generated by the United States Nuclear Weapons Complex. Based in New Mexico he is watchdog over the Los Alamos National Lab which has designed and built nuclear weapons for the military since 1942. We discuss the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the explosive nature of nuclear waste. (03/06/2017)

NEPA needed before WIPP re-opens — On November 21, 2016, the Natural Resources Defense Council and SRIC wrote to DOE regarding new NEPA documents required before WIPP can re-open to handle more nuclear waste. DOE responded on February 6, 2017. NRDC and SRIC replied on February 15.

Current DOE Proposals to Expand WIPP — Hign-Level Waste,Surface Storage, GTCC, Mercury, and Commercial Waste being considered, among other means to expand the types and amounts of waste. (9/15/2017).

Among the last activities conducted by EEG was a workshop on March 16, 2004 related to technical issues regarding some of the high-level waste tanks at DOE's Hanford, Washington site and whether some of the wastes could be disposed at WIPP. Because EEG funding was terminated shortly after the workshop, the planned report of the workshop was not completed. However, in 2013 DOE again proposed sending some of that tank waste to WIPP.
Two of the EEG scientists in charge of the workshop - George Anastas and James Channell - compiled a summary of the workshop to enhance public understanding of those issues. (June 2013)

Rising Carbon Tetrachloride Levels at WIPP:


Will EPA Recertify the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)? Presentation by Don Hancock (06/09/2015)

Presentation materials for the Interim Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee of the New Mexico Legislature, Carlsbad, NM meeting. (10/8/2013)

WIPP Transportation Accidents 2002 - 2009 (5/8/2012)

Letter to USEPA re: Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium and shipments to WIPP (3/22/2006).

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: How Well is "Accelerated Cleanup" Working? (large 2 M .pdf) (8/16/2005)

Cumulative WIPP Shipments (10/25/2004)

SRIC asks New Mexico Environment Department to continue delay in shipments from Idaho to WIPP (8/30/2004)

Letter to EPA Regarding Flaws in Recertification Application for WIPP (8/21/2004)

Letter to EPA Opposing Remote Handled Waste at WIPP (1/30/2004)

Site Breakdown of Curies in WIPP Shipments(9/3/02)

Letter to DOE, concerns about WIPP Waste Truck Accident (08/29/02)

Letter to DOE, RE: the Performance Management Plan "accelerated cleanup" regarding transuranic waste and WIPP (6/24/02)

Letter to DOE, RE: concerns about WIPP Waste Information System (1/28/02)


Site by Site Breakdown of WIPP Shipments (UPDATED 1/16/2002)

SRIC Comments to EPA re: Waste Characterization Program and Protesting Inadequacy of Comment Time 8/13/2001

Information on Shipments to WIPP (UPDATED 2/15/2001)

Proposed Truck Shipment Routes to WIPP

Brief Chronology of Major WIPP Events from 1972 to 2000

The Ambushed Grand Jury is the true story of four Citizen Investigators who uncover the Justice Department’s cover-up of deadly radioactive contamination at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.

Deceived by the Justice Department’s cover-up, relying on false assurances that Rocky Flats wasn’t as contaminated as everyone had thought, public officials now plan to open the former nuclear weapons plant to recreation. Children will play in these radioactive fields ... unless the Citizens’ Investigation – with the reader's help - can stop these dangerous plans. All authors' profits will be donated to environmental and nuclear activist groups around the country to help them carry on their important work. You will be asked during checkout to pick the organization of your choice. Read more.

Updates of our Nuclear Waste Program activities can be found in the Nuclear Waste Issue and the Nuclear West Issue of Voices from the Earth

Voices from the Earth

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