An energy department report shows WIPP may help dispose plutonium from nuclear weapons.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus indicates this report identifies it as a lower cost alternative to a federal program.
The program would convert the weapons’ plutonium into commercial nuclear fuel.
Spending legislation that Congress has passed has required the DOE to review the costs of disposing plutonium.
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the International Panel on Fissile Material want the DOE to cancel this program.
WIPP has remained closed following last year’s salt truck fire and radiological release.