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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Birthday!

WIPP has been closed for one year, and counting, thanks to the LANL screw ups in waste packaging. Even Moniz admits it is "a little bit uncertain" when it might reopen, or how much it might cost to do so.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/things-federal-governments-nuke-dump-28950727?singlePage=true

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations LANS on being responsible for closing the most important Transuranic (TRU) disposal site in the United States. Now all sites in the U.S. that generate this waste is accumulating it. Hecka of job LANS hecka of job! Sounds like more bonuses are in order for LANS Management.

Anonymous said...

The extended closure and ridiculous projected delay in re-opening are products of DOE risk-aversion, needless studies and paperwork, and fear of NMED. Sure, there was a problem with ONE barrel of waste, but "clean it up, learn the lesson, and get on with the job" isn't part of DOE's culture.

Anonymous said...

"...but "clean it up, learn the lesson, and get on with the job" isn't part of DOE's culture."

Obviously being able to know the difference between "inorganic" and "an organic" isn't part of LANL's culture.

Anonymous said...

February 16, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Facts hurt, eh?

Anonymous said...


Do you think that managers can distinguish "between inorganic and organic." It is all about profit baby, PBIs, get it done, do not think about it, make it pithy, feel it in the gut, on the spot, just like Microsoft. It needs to be stated in an 30 seconds or less in elevator, just like any other fast passed six-sigmaa organization. We need to move product and to move it fast! You either lead , follow, or get the hell out of they way. Suppperrrr leeeene sixxx-sigmnmaaa blaaaaack beeelt!!!! FY. You get it or you need to leave the organization, pronto! I do not want to hear complaints from any dam eggheads as they make me sick.

Anonymous said...

as they make me sick.

February 16, 2015 at 9:26 PM

You already are. Very.

Anonymous said...

"...but "clean it up, learn the lesson, and get on with the job" isn't part of DOE's culture."

Obviously being able to know the difference between "inorganic" and "an organic" isn't part of LANL's culture.

February 16, 2015 at 2:24 PM


This gets to the root cause of what is currently thought to have happened. The simple error of having a note taker that was ignorant of high school chemistry may be the start of the failure; however, the culture of having multiple layers of management that did not catch the error is the root cause.

Anonymous said...

"...but "clean it up, learn the lesson, and get on with the job" isn't part of DOE's culture."

Obviously being able to know the difference between "inorganic" and "an organic" isn't part of LANL's culture.

February 16, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Great attempt at diversion from the real problem. DOE could fix the real problem (the WIPP closure) tomorrow if it had the guts. The initial problem (incorrect waste handling) has already been fixed, for months.

Anonymous said...

LANL QA at it's Best!!!

Anonymous said...

The initial problem (incorrect waste handling) has already been fixed, for months.

February 17, 2015 at 8:48 PM


Probably not, since the NMED report showed that the LANL waste had been mishandled for years. In any event, for the past year, not much has moved, so it is highly doubtful that the problem has been fixed. If anything, it was made worse by LANL shipping some waste to Texas for temporary storage until WIPP reopens. Now that looks to be five years in the future, which greatly extends the temporary term.

Anonymous said...

The organic filler problem, which caused the drum to rupture, has been fixed. No other problems that would need to keep WIPP closed were identified. And the long delay in reopening WIPP is entirely due to DOE's risk aversion, bureaucratic garbage, and lack of guts.

Anonymous said...

@8:37 PM

So you are saying that each and every waste drum that was illegally packed in organic filler by LANL has been found and repacked safely?

And are you saying that the radiation contamination that was spread throughout much of WIPP when the LANL drum blew its top is not an issue?

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