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Cold War nuke waste coming to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from Idaho

Cold War-era nuclear waste is coming to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from Idaho after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved more than 2,000 drums for disposal at the repository near Carlsbad.

The CBFO certified the waste to be compliant with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement that requires nuclear waste be removed from the state.

The 2,237 drums of transuranic (TRU) waste was being stored at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), consisting of tools, rags, protective clothing, sludges and soils contaminated with radiation.

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The waste has an atomic number higher than uranium, which is why it’s called “trans-uranic,” per a DOE report.