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.