Idaho National Laboratory and the issue of contamination

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  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2018 10:07 a.m.

    The three workers killing in the 1961 accident were buried in lead coffins.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Nov. 27, 2018 9:54 a.m.

    Working at the Idaho National Laboratory is less dangerous than working as a farmer around agricultural machinery. There is no pure plutonium there. During the 1950s and 1960s, protective clothing and other equipment used to manufacture nuclear weapons at the Rocky Flats facility outside Boulder, Colorado was shipped to the Idaho National Lab for landfill disposal. Because plutonium traces are not water soluble, in 60 years no plutonium has been detected in the groundwater beneath the landfill, and there is 400 feet of dry ground above it. The containers with the highest concentrations of plutonium contaminated clothing have been exhumed and repackaged and are being stored until they can be buried in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in a half mile deep salt formation that has had no water running through it for 200 million years. The INL has a remote-handling facility to safely package this waste for disposal in Carlsbad, and DOE wants to send some of its similar waste from the Hanford, Washington plutonium production site to INL for processing, instead of wasting hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility in Washington.

  • Occidental Observer Orem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2018 11:11 p.m.

    In the 1950's the Nuclear Reactor folks were saying, "Electricity will be too cheap to meter..." Still holding our collective breath as we watch the pollution of our planet, wondering when the meltdown of Fukushima will be contained.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    Thanks for the info. I have known none of this. My uncle's neighbor helped rescue employees at the site during a famous meltdown in the 50's. His neighbor wore no protective clothing. He subsequently died of cancer. Not so safe.