Monthly Archives: July 2011

Carlsbad, After WIPP, Chases for More Atomic Pork With Plutonium Pit Facility

The decision to locate the WIPP underground nuclear waste disposal facility at Carlsbad was done not because it was the best place to store it from a scientific perspective, but because of political reasons. Carlsbad was selected after other communities … Continue reading

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The UNM Presidential Search of 2011-2012

Recently a new presidential search has started at UNM.  It will start the process to find a new president for UNM after the current president, David Schmidly, steps down when his contract expires in May 2012.  I have talked before … Continue reading

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Local Police Forces Increased Militarization Under the War On Terrorism

The War on Terrorism changed many things within the United States.  One area was in local law enforcement being more involved in anti-terrorist activities.  The precursor was the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, which created more collaboration between … Continue reading

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Johnson Atoll Nuclear Contamination and WIPP

An article in the New York Times by Katherine Seelye, republished in the local Albuquerque Tribune, talks about the radioactive contamination of Johnson Atoll, and the possibility of shipping the contaminants to WIPP.  Johnson Atoll was previously used for nuclear … Continue reading

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The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Nuclear Waste Depository in New Mexico

WIPP stands for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  It is 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the Southeastern part of the state.  It is designed to hold transuranic waste, mostly plutonium-based, from the nations nuclear weapons labs, and the … Continue reading

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