“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 livescience.com
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)