SANTA FE (AP) – Independent regulators are visiting New Mexico to discuss the hazards of storing radioactive waste as Los Alamos National Laboratory while the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump remains closed.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board also plans to address safety problems at the lab during a public hearing Tuesday evening in Santa Fe.
Testimony will be taken from lab officials and local leaders within the U.S. Energy Department and National Nuclear Safety Administration.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico has been closed for more than two years after a container of waste that was improperly packed at Los Alamos lab burst and contaminated parts of the underground dump.
The closure derailed the federal government’s multibillion-dollar cleanup effort at defense sites around the nation.