Rocky Flats Cleanup Passes Milestone.
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|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 28, 1999|
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