Los Alamos Nuclear Waste
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has disposed at least 17,500,000
ft3 of hazardous and radioactive
wastes on-site at twenty-four different officially-designated material
disposal areas (MDAs) since 1944.
LANL continues to generate and dispose of radioactive waste on-site
at a facility called "Area G," which is the largest MDA (63 acres) and contains the most waste
(10,800,000 ft3; enough to fill
1.4 million 55-gallon drums). LANL would like to expand
MDA-G by 66 acres, more than doubling its size. Several small
Indian ruins lie in the expansion path.
Here are a few older fact sheets and ads generated by the Los Alamos Study Group on Area G and the disposal of radioactive waste:
Resources on Nuclear Waste stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory
in New Mexico include:
- in depth information, maps,
and photographs of Material Disposal
Areas (MDAs) at LANL
- contaminated sites at LANL, and
- How to clean up Los Alamos - Sept 8, 2004, by Greg Mello
- Selected Likely Key Issues in the Anticipated TA-54 Low-Level Waste Disposal Performance Assessment for Los Alamos National Laboratory - Jan 25, 2006
- Expansion of LANL Waste Disposal: Lots of Mostly New-Made Waste - Jan 25, 2006
- Sustained Disapproval, print media history of Technical Area 54, Material Disposal Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1992 - 2006.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)