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Rocky Flats Cleanup Passes Milestone.

The first shipment of 26 drums of transuranic radioactive waste has left Colorado's Rocky Flats Environmental Technology site for permanent disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M.

Transuranic waste consists of disposable, items such as clothing, tools, rags, and debris that are contaminated with radioactive elements.

"This marks a notable step forward on the cleanup Rocky Flats," said Mayor Robert G. Frie of Arvada, Colo. "Since we share the longest border with the site, we have pushed aggressively for a safe and thorough cleanup."

Rocky Flats, scheduled for closure in 2006, will send nearly 1,400 shipments of transuranic waste to WIPP over the next seven years. The 705-mile trip takes 17 hours. Drivers will perform truck safety checks every two hours and shipments will be monitored by a satellite tracking system.

WIPP is the world's first underground repository designed to permanently dispose of defense-generated transuranic waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons.

Details: Maria VanderKolk, 303-431-3000; fax, 303-431-3085.
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Title Annotation:sends waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 28, 1999
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