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Rocky Flats sends 2 more waste loads

March 09, 2001

Rocky Flats sent two more shipments of radioactive waste from the former nuclear weapons plant Friday, marking the first time the facility has sent five loads in one week.

The waste was shipped for disposal to the underground rooms excavated in ancient salt formations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.

Kaiser-Hill Co., the contractor hired to clean up Rocky Flats, hopes to ship nine to 10 truckloads a week by the end of the year.

"Just two years ago our ability to ship waste to WIPP was viewed as a potential obstacle to closure, and today we sent two shipments in a single day and five in a single week," Kaiser-Hill spokeswoman Jennifer Thompson said Friday.

The transuranic waste that was shipped consists of radioactive leftovers, contaminated clothing and debris. WIPP opened in March 1999, and Rocky Flats made its first shipment June 15, 1999.