Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America’s nuclear waste.
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In New Mexico, the nation’s only nuclear waste dump is closed. It’s been several weeks since radioactive material was detected in the air at the site. As NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel reports, the incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America’s nuclear waste.
GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: If you live near a nuclear power plant – and a lot of you do – then you’re living near something else: nuclear waste. Right now, pretty much every plant in the country stores its own used nuclear fuel. It’s been there for decades but it’s going to be radioactive for a lot longer. And that leads to an important question.