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Key shaft at US nuclear waste dump may be built by 2020

The Associated Press
September 03, 2019 02:51 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a major part of a multimillion-dollar effort to rebuild a ventilation system at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository is expected to be done by next year.

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The Carlsbad Current Argus reports the U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded a contract for the construction of a utility shaft essential to the project. The shaft was designed with a 26-foot diameter, extending 2,275 feet underground.

The rebuilt system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico is intended to add air to the underground and allow the placement of mining and other waste material to occur simultaneously.

The ventilation overhaul was prompted by a radiation release in 2014 that contaminated parts of the repository and forced its closure for nearly three years.

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