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SRS to ship 9000 drums of waste to New Mexico by 2014

(North Augusta-AP) July 25, 2003 - The Savannah River Site wants to ship nearly 9000 drums of waste to New Mexico for permanent storage. Officials are waiting for a permit from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

There are nearly 11,000 cubic yards of what is called transuranic waste at the old nuclear weapons complex near Aiken. That consists of tools, clothes, rags and debris contaminated with small amounts of man-made radioactive elements.

The waste has been stored in 55-gallon metal drums since the 1970s. It was buried under dirt in the 1980s awaiting the opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Technical adviser Sonny Goldston says the Savannah River Site is scheduled to ship the waste to New Mexico by 2014. He says that's accelerated from the original 2034 schedule.

posted 10:14am by Chris Rees

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