Radioactive waste was dumped in trenches along six acres above town of Los Alamos — Dept. of Energy official says radiation threat is ‘pretty limited’

Published: July 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am ET


Los Alamos Radiation Threat ‘Limited’ in N.M. Fire, Associated Press, July 01, 2011:

[…] Los Alamos Canyon runs past runs past the old Manhattan Project site in town and a 1940s era dump site where workers are near the end of a clean-up project of low-level radioactive waste. The World War II Manhattan Project developed the first atomic bomb, and workers from the era dumped hazardous and radioactive waste in trenches along six acres atop the mesa where the town sits.

“The threat is pretty limited,” said Kevin Smith, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration site manager for Los Alamos, which over sees the lab. “Most of the materials have been dug up.” […]

Published: July 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am ET


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32 comments to Radioactive waste was dumped in trenches along six acres above town of Los Alamos — Dept. of Energy official says radiation threat is ‘pretty limited’

  • Joviation

    I don’t know if this embed code will work, FYI check out MSNBC news, they have pix of the “tent” and oil drums full of nuclear waste. Supposedly you could clip the video and share that, I tried, don’t know what will happen. Yes “10K” drums according to them, 20K must have already vaporized. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      I’m not sure you can conclude that 20,000 have vaporized because the number is different. I’ve heard 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 depending on the source. It seems like they are all talking about drums in one area…it seems unlikely that some would be gone and others still there.

      They must have the numbers wrong in two of the reports…

  • Joviation

    The item is called “Fire Continues to Threaten Nuclear Lab” from NBC Nightly News.



    • Thebes

      Hard to say. Three weeks ago, in one of the old dump sites they are cleaning up, they unearthed a piece of pipe that unexpectedly contained 60 GRAMS of plutonium. It takes less than a millionth of a gram of inhaled plutonium to cause cancer in the victim.


  • NoNukes NoNukes

    From Randrmn

    Weapons Labs Biological Research Raises Concerns
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    Two U.S. nuclear weapons labs are opening biological research labs capable of studying more dangerous pathogens, raising concerns about the U.S. ability to meet demands for transparency in line with the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

    On Jan. 25, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began operating a new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) research lab. In addition, Los Alamos National Laboratory is scheduled to complete a federally mandated environmental study on a similar lab in August 2008, enabling the lab to begin operations soon thereafter, if the study findings are favorable.

  • pg

    This place needs to be closed down NOW. Everyone out there should be forming lynch mobs. Then turn to the rest of the nuclear reactors. Who dumps nuclear waste in “trenches”? I’ll tell you who, someone who lives very far away, like in the UK….

    • I agree. Close the flippin’ thing down.

      The world is radioactive enough as it is.

      Anyone who even “thinks” nuclear is viable, safe, and good for humanity needs to be locked up.

  • shaktasna999

    I am hoping those suffering under these circumstance have family members and friends bookmarking every article. There are going to be medical claims and lawsuits of every kind coming over this.

    Lynch mobs would be great except how are they going to get there, will they be interfering with first responders, and will they be truly helpful at this point?

    Perhaps it would be better to storm your local officials office and refuse to leave until you get arrested or get an answer.

    Please remember that people are actually living in these circumstances right now. They are living minute to minute.

    • pg

      Lynch mobs is a figure of speech. The people uniting, and rising is what I really mean. They system is corrupt and broken beyond repair. Judges are cowards and are easily paid off. They fear the energy industry more than the people because the people are silent. 10,000 men showing up with 30-30s on horseback? That will make a judge soil his shorts then RESIGN. 250,000,000 American men rising? The private jets would be running out of gas over the oceans as they flee in mass.

      • It’s ok, got your original meaning (or, illocutionary intent, as they say in linguistics).

        They’re killing us.

        It’s real.

    • odiez1 odiez1

      I think the bigger issue rising up here, is lack of faith in our government, and mass media.
      If “they” don’t fire off the EAS no one will know to leave, but “they” don’t want us to move around. “They” want us to continue our daily habits like nothing is going on at all!
      If the MM doesn’t do it’s job to inform the public then they’re just as bad as the government.
      GET OFF YOUR ASSES PEOPLE, TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND TAKE OVER THE TV STATIONS. Tell the folks on the buss about what’s going on. Get the word out.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A time for open protest will come…
    then God help us.

  • theypoisonus

    Every time I think they can’t shock me more, something new happens.

    We have complete and utter “BOZO’s” driving ‘our’ bus in every capacity.

    Good Grief !! 🙁

    • alasanon

      Amen to that!!

      Is Napolitano getting her ‘do styled, counting her cut of the loot, or what? She’s from the SW—–Traitor!

      • TraderGreg

        “The system has worked”
        Janet Napolitano,
        After on board passengers fought and tied up the terrorist.

  • Mark

    OK a top secret military lab from WW2 the place that constructed the first nuclear bomb placed in the middle of no-where (at the time) coupled with the 40’s 50’s tail-fin chain smoking bourbon drinking we’ll all be driving around in nuclear space cars like George Jetson sci-fi ray gun mentality who exactly was maintaining safeguards? When you hear “Waste was deposited outside lab decades ago when safety standards were far lower” Sounds like Nukem Cowboys had Nuclear party. Yeah mistakes might well have been buried in the woods. Quite possibly undocumented waste in the middle of the fire right now. Poor Brave Firefighters.

    • I’d stay well away from that smoke.

      Methinks the whole area has waste, both inside and outside the fence.

      So, its another nuclear disaster, not just a fire.

  • Mark

    Developing a nuclear powered airplane in 50’s. God only knows what they were doing at Los Alamos back then

    • They were building weapons of mass destruction, and dreaming of ways to kill people, then, and now.

      It’s all about killing and making the world safe (for corporations, and the super-rich).

      Dept of Defense (not).

      Dept of Offense (yes).

    • Thebes

      Back then they dreamed of using nuclear bombs to create new harbors on the coast, cut passes through mountain ranges and build lakes.

      The early “low level” waste was simply dumped out of trucks and into holes, some of it wasn’t even buried. Scientists and governments have always underestimated the risks of their creations.