The Washington Post Sunday

Nuclear waste project to be shut down


Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear-wastetreat­ment project after determinin­g that it would not be economical­ly feasible to bring in radioactiv­e waste from other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy, in documents released last week, said that the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project that employs 650 workers will end next year.

Officials said workers are wrapping up processing 85,000 cubic yards of radioactiv­e waste at the department’s 890-squaremile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

The Idaho treatment plant compacts transurani­c waste, making it easier to ship and put into long-term storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

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