DOE officials: Nuclear waste drums appear to be stable


ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Federal officials say drums filled with radioactive material similar to the one that breached and forced the closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste dump appear to be stable.

Investigators with the U.S. Energy Department say months of monitoring the drums stored above ground at Los Alamos National Laboratory show there have been some chemical reactions in the containers, but the gases building up inside have decreased over the past several months.

They say that indicates the reactions are slowing down and have reached a steady state.

The drums are in double packed inside waste boxes and stored inside a temperature-controlled facility with filters.

Los Alamos lab is working on a plan to remediate the drums. That plan will have to be approved by state environment officials. 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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