Nuclear waste plant remains closed months after radiation leak

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After a significant underground explosion caused a radiation leak in an nuclear waste facility, 22 workers suffered radiation exposure. The facility has been closed down, and is at risk of never reopening.

In February of this year, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was forced to shut down. The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for the site, and has been holding weekly public hearings since the accident happened. The U.S. is now left with the pressing problem of finding somewhere to put its growing supply of nuclear waste.

CCTV America’s Sean Callebs has more.

Nuclear waste plant remains shut down months after leak

Nuclear waste plant remains shut down months after leak

After a massive radiation leak in an underground nuclear waste facility, 22 workers suffered radiation exposure. The facility has been closed down, and is at risk of never reopening.

Senior scientist with the Global Security Program Edwin Lyman joined CCTV America for further insight into this contamination and the challenges of safely disposing it.

What should the US do with its growing supply of nuclear waste?

What should the US do with its growing supply of nuclear waste?

Edwin Lyman, senior scientist at the Global Security program and nuclear expert, joined CCTV America for more insight on the obstacles of managing nuclear waste.