Waste Hot, Want Not
Nuclear refuse from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver needs a home. It’s not radioactive enough to gain entrance to the newly opened Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, yet it’s too radioactive for other disposal spots. Rocky Flats is scheduled to be razed by 2006, and its waste cannot be stored on site. Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who represents the Boulder area near Rocky Flats, is pushing a plan to dump the waste in a rural spot in eastern Colorado, while Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) wants to ship the waste to a facility in Utah that has expressed interest; neither spot is currently licensed to take the waste.