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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Technical Assessment Report Released

The DOE released a report by an independent technical assessment team (TAT) that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM. The TAT concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the February [...]

Sandia Manager to Take Over WIPP Repository Recovery Efforts

On December 4th, the DOE's Carlsbad Field Office announced the appointment of Sandia’s Sean Dunagan (recently manager of Sandia’s Performance Assessment & Decision Analysis Dept.) to take on the role of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Senior Recovery Manager under an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) arrangement between the DOE and Sandia. Sean officially began his [...]

By |December 12th, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant|Comments Off on Sandia Manager to Take Over WIPP Repository Recovery Efforts

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Accident Investigation Analysis Support

Simulation of a WIPP waste-storage barrel rupture due to an internal cook-off event. A multi-disciplinary team provided critical analysis as part of the Technical Assessment Team supporting the investigation of a radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Subsequent to a February 5, 2014, truck fire, a [...]

By |December 3rd, 2014|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Accident Investigation Analysis Support

Yifeng Wang Selected Asian-American Engineer of the Year

Yifeng Wang examines a clay sample from South Dakota as part of iodide experiments. A team of Sandia researchers is working to understand how rapidly iodine-129 released from spent nuclear fuel would move through a deep clay-based geological repository. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Yifeng Wang (Radiological Consequence Management and Response Technologies Dept.) has [...]

By |March 13th, 2014|Capabilities, Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Yifeng Wang Selected Asian-American Engineer of the Year

Defense Waste Management Programs

Defense Waste Management Programs provides scientific analyses and programmatic advice to the U.S. Department of Energy in support of defense waste management challenges.  Defense waste encompasses radioactive and hazardous materials designated as waste by-products during the manufacture and deployment of weapons, in particular, nuclear weapons.  Defense waste is unique in that all current management strategies [...]

By |March 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Defense Waste Management Programs