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Wed July 20, 2005
Waste From Idaho Lab May Go To WIPP
Idaho Falls, Idaho – One of the concerns of those following a proposal to develop highly radioactive plutonium at the Idaho National Lab is where high level waste will go. Federal officials admit that currently is an unknown. But Deputy Project Manager John Kotek believes it will eventually end up at a waste site in New Mexico. "We are doing some Plutonium 238 in Las Alamos, and that goes to WIPP. I have a lot of confidence that this will end up on the same path." Kotek also contends the Draft Environmental Impact Statement they are developing will determine a number of safety options they can consider for the site, if they move forward with the project. Kotek believes they would virtually need a new facility to develop the Plutonium safely. The Department of Energy plans a public meeting on the project Thursday night at seven at the Snow King resort in Jackson.