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.