Archive for May, 2014

In-tents irresponsibility

Nuclear technology is only as safe as we make it. So far, not so good. It’s time for an upgrade, don’t ya think?

“They practically rape you at the airport, but they’re leaving this stuff in a tent?!! They have all the security in the wrong place.  The collective stupidity just astounds. Put your security where it belongs, near radioactive materials!” man on the street quote.

The WIPP site explosion may be due to the wrong type of packing materials. Incredulity abounds at the latest government screw up. Kitty litter? Nuclear Waste Going Green? SantaFe Local news article.

For those unaware that our government has had  it’s security protocols a bit lax when it comes to transuranic waste:

“TRU waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, debris, soil and other items contaminated with radioactive material, mostly plutonium.  Transuranic elements such as plutonium have an atomic number greater than uranium, so they are labeled transuranic, for “beyond uranium” on the periodic table of elements.” Los Alamos National Laboratory article refernced below.

Plutonium more dangerous than Uranium article from

The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 1000th shipment of transuranic waste leaves the Laboratory on its way to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.1000th shipment of radioactive waste on its way to WIPP  in 2012   Los Alamos National Laboratory newsletter article about the shipments to WIPP from 2012 is at that link.

Veiw from  space of the Las Conchas fire in 2011 (courtesy of NASA)

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Los Alamos 2011 This Article from the Boston Globe shows how secure we were in 2011.
This 2011 frightening shot is of the Las Conchas forest fire 3.5 miles from the above-ground transuranic storage site at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the equivalent of fabric tents.
Chilling Pictures of the San Diego fires of 2014 here:



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