Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV
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At a cost of 700 million, the Department of Energy DOE has built a mined geologic repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico-the Waste - Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP to dispose of transuranic waste produced and stored at its defense facilities in 10 states. DOE is seeking legislation that would withdraw the land from public use and permit waste storage to begin. The discovery of brine saltwater seeping into the repository, however, has raised questions about its suitability for nuclear waste disposal . As requested by the Chairman, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee, House Committee on Government Operations, GAO reviewed DOEs experiments and initial storage operations with wastes in WIPP. GAO testified on the preliminary results of its review at the Subcommittees hearings in September 1988 and June 1989. PG3. JMD
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