Kitty litter ingredient may be to blame for WIPP shutdown

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Did ingredients used in kitty litter cause the recent WIPP shutdown?

That’s what one nuclear expert is saying.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, geo-chemist Jim Conca, who worked for both the Los Alamos National Laboratory and WIPP, says the company in charge of packing the radioactive waste at LANL had switched things up..

Conca says the company switched using a clay-based absorbent in the drums to a wheat-based absorbent which is used in some kitty litters.

He says that probably reacted with the waste and could have led to a mild explosion at WIPP.

Officials at LANL, the Department of Energy and WIPP did not specifically comment on the theory. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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