LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Federal officials are scrambling to contain hundreds of barrels of radioactive nuclear waste at two sites in New Mexico and one site in Texas after discovering that they were packed in a potentially explosive mixture of cellulose from wheat-based organic kitty litter and nitrate salts. Investigators suspect that the combination of the two compounds is to blame for blowing the lid off a drum of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, N.M., in February, causing a radioactive leak that contaminated 22 workers and the surrounding land. On May 20, the ... Read More
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