Officials upset by transfer of nuke dump contract

Kitty litter ingredient may have caused WIPP explosion

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Carlsbad officials are crying foul over a decision to transfer record storage — and jobs — for the government’s troubled underground nuclear waste dump out of state.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that in a letter Tuesday to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, city and county officials called the decision a “crime against taxpayers,” and said the government contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Project is abandoning southeastern New Mexico during the “most significant setback of the project’s 15-year history.”

The change comes as the dump is indefinitely shuttered by a mysterious radiation leak that contaminated 21 workers.

Nuclear Waste Partnership on May 7 announced it had awarded the contract to handle all WIPP archives and documents to a Tennessee-based company, TFE.

TFE replaces S.M. Stoller Corp., which employs about 90 people in Carlsbad. 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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