Radioactive Waste Collector Back in Operation

OFFICIALS AT LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY SAY A SPECIAL INDOOR FACILITY FOR SHIPPING RADIOACTIVE WASTE IS OPERATING AGAIN AFTER FIVE YEARS. LANL SAYS THE FACILITY GOT FEDERAL AUTHORIZATION TO REOPEN EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND THE FIRST SHIPMENT WAS SENT OFF JUST LAST WEEK TO THE WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT OUTSIDE CARLSBAD.

SHIPMENTS FROM THE FACILITY STOPPED IN 2014 FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS ABILITY TO WITHSTAND A LARGE EARTHQUAKE. SINCE THEN THE LAB DEVELOPED A NEW STRATEGY FOR OPERATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE CONCERNS.

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