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Nuclear Waste

updated 05/31/14

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.

Resources on Nuclear Waste stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico include:

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Los Alamos Study Group • 2901 Summit Place NE • Albuquerque, NM 87106 • 505-265-1200

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