WIPP & Environmental
Why WIPP is doomed to fail:
The plan at WIPP is to dispose of nuclear waste and hazardous
chemicals in salt, but salt is a hydrophilic medium - this
means that any increase in temperature attracts moisture, rather
than driving it away as would occur with stone.
The heat that will unavoidably result from decomposing organic
materials, uncontrolled chemical reactions, and radioactive
emissions in the waste will attract groundwater to the disposal
DOE scientists have claimed that the WIPP Site is bone dry, but
in fact there is a pressurized brine reservoir below the disposal
area and an aquifer above it. The aquifer feeds the Pecos
River and ultimately the Rio Grande, waterways vital to the
inhabitants of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.
Although the salt has been dry and undisturbed for millions of
years, human intrusion has now altered the balance.
We all know that salt water will quickly disintegrate 55-gallon
metal drums. The mixture of metal, waste and salt water at WIPP
will create volumes of gases and the pressure will accelerate the
fracturing of the delicate anhydrite layers (clay strata) already
badly weakened by the excavation of WIPP. Decomposing, still-
radioactive waste, with
heavy metals, chemicals and toxins, salt water, pressurized gas,
and ever-increasing temperatures could very well turn WIPP from a
containment facility into a sieve, full of radioactive slurry.
There will be numerous pathways for waste to travel to the land
and water that give life to the region and its inhabitants.
is doomed to be added to the list of DOE nuclear weapons facilities
that severely contaminate our environment.
Please read the CCNS WIPP SEIS II
Review for a detailed exploration of the environmental risks
posed by WIPP, and how it fails to safely dispose of nuclear waste.
Check out '10 Reasons Why WIPP is a Bad
Place for Nuclear Waste' for a real eye-opener on this