Report: Los Alamos to end on-site radioactive waste disposal

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – A new report says Los Alamos National Laboratory will stop the disposing of low-level radioactive waste on site by October 2017.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the environmental report says the lab will end on-site radioactive waste disposal at the storage compound known as Area G. That’s the lab’s largest disposal area.

The lab was shipping the low-level waste from Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. That stopped when an improperly packed barrel shipped from the lab exploded at the plant in February 2014.

The annual report monitors the impact lab activities have on the environment and the residents of northern New Mexico.

Greg Mello, executive director of the nuclear disarmament group the Los Alamos Study Group, said he was pleased to hear the news. 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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