Accession Number : ADA291962

Title :   Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Sprague, John W. ; Weigel, Dwayne E. ; Allen, John W.

PDF Url : ADA291962

Report Date : DEC 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : At a cost of $700 million, the Department of Energy (DOE) has built a mined geologic repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico-the Waste - Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to dispose of transuranic waste produced and stored at its defense facilities in 10 states. DOE is seeking legislation that would withdraw the land from public use and permit waste storage to begin. The discovery of brine (saltwater) seeping into the repository, however, has raised questions about its suitability for nuclear waste disposal . As requested by the Chairman, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee, House Committee on Government Operations, GAO reviewed DOE's experiments and initial storage operations with wastes in WIPP. GAO testified on the preliminary results of its review at the Subcommittee's hearings in September 1988 and June 1989. PG3. JMD

Descriptors :   *WASTE MANAGEMENT, *RADIOACTIVE WASTES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, NATURAL RESOURCES, FACILITIES, ISOLATION, NEW MEXICO, WASTES, STORAGE, HOMING, LEGISLATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PANEL(COMMITTEE), PILOT PLANTS.

Subject Categories : Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE