April 11, 2017

Shipping resumes to WIPP -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The nation’s only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility and sidetracked the federal government’s multibillion-dollar cleanup program.

The U.S. Energy Department said Monday that the shipment from a federal facility in Idaho marked a milestone for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the government sites where tons of waste left over from decades of nuclear weapons research and development have been stacking up.  -- 4/11/2017


Forest managers plan prescribed burn in watershed -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe National Forest scheduled a 340-acre burn for Tuesday in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.

Crews plan to ignite the burn about three miles east of the city between the Nichols and McClure reservoirs and it should be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday, the agency said in a news release.

Winds are expected to push the smoke north of Santa Fe toward Chimayó, Truchas, Peñasco and Dixon on Tuesday afternoon. Light smoke may be seen in Española and as far as Taos on Tuesday evening, but the smoke is expected to clear by midnight.  -- 4/10/2017