WIPP, URENCO and Waste Control Specialists

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) –
Nuclear Weapons Waste Disposal

Department of Energy Facility
Operated by Washington TRU Solutions LLC (WTS), a partnership between Washington
Government Environmental Services Company and Weston Solutions.

WIPP SiteWIPP is the world’s first nuclear waste repository for radioactive and hazardous materials that are toxic for thousands of generations.  It opened on March 26, 1999 and is scheduled to close in 2030. WIPP’s mission is limited by law to 175,564 cubic meters of defense-releated transuranic waste from 20 government nuclear weapons facilities.

The U.S. has been trying for decades to find a site much like this to hold 160 million curies of low-level radioactive waste from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, also known as Greater-than-Class C (GTCC) waste.

NMED Hazardous Waste Facility.
then search for NMED GWQB-permits.htm #33

NGOs Working on WIPP Issues
Southwest Research and Information Center
Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
Nuclear Watch New Mexico
Loretto Community

URENCO USA – Uranium Enrichment, Processing and Deconversion Facility
Operated by a foreign corporation

URENCOIn 2010 Urenco began enriching uranium, producing 8,422 tons of DU hexafluoride waste, near Eunice, NM. Up to 5,016 containers can be  stored at the facility.

International Isotopes proposes to construct and operate a uranium hexafluoride deconversion facility near Hobbs that would deconvert DU hexafluoride to depleted uranium oxide, which can then be disposed at a yet-to-be-determined location. http://www.intisoid.com/
  • DOT SPECIAL PERMIT On August 26, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued Special Permit No. DOT-SP 14728, to International Isotopes, Inc.
  • NMED Air Quality Bureau > Current New Source Review; and > Public Notices http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/
NGOs working on Urenco and International Isotopes Issues
Southwest Research and Information Center
Nuclear Watch New Mexico

Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) – Private Waste Disposal Facility
Owned by Harold Simmons.

WCS Site 2012WCS accepts hazardous and mixed (radioactive and hazardous) waste for burial in landfills. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued conditional licenses to WCS to dispose of both DU oxide and low-level radioactive waste.

NGOs working on WCS issues:

Southwest Research and Information Center
Nuclear Watch New Mexico
The Reefs



WIPP, URENCO and Waste Control Specialists — 3 Comments

  1. Dear colleagues
    I am writing to you on behalf of Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Administration of Ukraine.
    In our region is a problem of disposing of waste. I was tasked to study American markets equipment and systems for disposal and underground storage of waste.

    In Ivano-Frankivsk region.
    formed about 160 thousand. tons of garbage.
    waste composition is as follows:
    – Paper – 41%;
    – Food waste – 21%;
    – Glass – 12%;
    – Iron and its alloys – 10%;
    – Plastics – 5%;
    – Wood – 5%;
    – Leather and pneu – 3%;
    – Textiles (fabrics) – 2%;
    – Aluminum – 1%;
    – Other metal – 0.3%.


    S Horishna
    Deputy Head of Department
    Foreign Economic Relations and Tourism

  2. Original comment date 5/31/12 at 2:18pm

    When this facility was started, it was already obscure to have the year 2030 as the end date. I think a viable solution at present just to mitigate the damage that is already manifesting in the river streams is the use of clay flocculant to treat the waters.

  3. Original comment date 5/20/12 at 8:36pm

    These toxic and hazardous materials should be disposed of properly to prevent damaging our environment. Those materials will not only damage our environment, but will also cause a lot of problems among the people. I hope that the government will be able to implement an aggressive campaign regarding this alarming issue. On the other hand, companies involved on these problems should do something to redeem themselves and help save the people and the environment all at the same time. Dumpster Rental NJ

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