New WIPP Information, Xrays and Analysis

Report to NMED:
A large required report to NMED from WIPP was released earlier this week. The lengthy report explains much about the current situation and contains a good quantity of data in the appendix sections. It is quite heavy on nukespeak and trying to frame the events in the facility in a PR driven light but does provide some useful understanding of the goings on. The report does make some confusing statements. In one instance they state that there is no RH (remote handled) waste in WIPP. There is of course remote handled waste stored in WIPP. There likely was not any RH waste in the process of being handled at the time of the incidents. The report also repeats the inaccurate claim that the bulk of WIPP’s waste is old boots, gloves and pieces of pipe. This is not the case as we have explained here.

WIPP released FAQ:
These additions to the DOE FAQ page for WIPP answers many of the public questions people have had but had not been answered at recent town hall forums. Give this a read to see if your question may have been answered here.

Barrel xrays:
Xray analysis of the exploded barrel was released late last week. The image was taken as part of the intake process of the barrel before it was stored. The video can be viewed here. The imagery shows a cylindrical object floating in a substrate towards the top of the barrel. The top 1/3 of the barrel shows to be a distinctly different color on the xray than the middle 1/3 of the barrel. The middle 1/3 of the barrel appears darker with dense suspended particles swirled in the quite different substrate. The bottom 1/3 of the barrel has again, a lighter substrate and suspended materials than the middle 1/3. This stays true even with xray adjustments during the scan. It was also noted that the burn marks on the outside of the barrel after the explosion are different for the bottom 1/3 of the barrel. The bottom 1/3 remained partially white (painted) while the upper portion of the barrel showed the extreme charring.

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Bulging barrel:
There are some new concerns that the barrel at the center of the explosion in room 7 could have some unusual bulging along the bottom area. This image shows the location of concern. It was also noted that the pile of MGO around the bottom of the barrel is less near the white (unburned area) of the lower barrel. This could be an indicator of events with the barrel. 

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Savannah River plutonium oxide barrels in room 7:
These have been a big concern due to the total amount of plutonium in these barrels. This material is not the “gloves & boots” garbage that DOE frequently claims as being the contents inside WIPP. This material is excess plutonium, turned into an oxide and mixed with an inerting agent. DOE claims these to be “low level” but the claim of low level is due to the mixture with the inerting agent. It is still a considerable amount of pure plutonium, just mixed into another substance. We now have identified locations for the Savannah River plutonium oxide and have related that to the barrels that exploded.

Room 7 map with Savannah River and damaged Los Alamos barrels mapped. Savannah River barrels in purple, Los Alamos damaged barrels in red. This map still needs to have the other suspect Los Alamos barrels identified and flagged to compare them to the proximity of the Savannah River barrels.

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Records of the Savannah River barrels and the damaged Los Alamos barrels:

The following containers that are 55-gallon barrels with a Container Type of 12-in POP and with a Container Number prefix of HBL are listed below. This is all such containers in Panel 7, Room 7, as listed in the ‘Containers Emplaced in Panel 7’ table.

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110186
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120043
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120051
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120052
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120056
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120096
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 3
Hgt: T

The above is six-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120090
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120091
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120092
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120093
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120094
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120097
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120233
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 28-Jan-14
Row: 9
Col: 5
Hgt: T

The above is seven-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120089
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120106
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120110
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120121
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120139
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120141
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120213
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: B

The above is seven-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120146
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120166
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120182
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120189
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120229
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120239
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120166
Manifest Number: 000148503MWI
Disposal Date: 1-Feb-14
Row: 18
Col: 6
Hgt: M

The above is six-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110146
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110154
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120101
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120198
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120199
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120215
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120217
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 3
Hgt: T

The above is seven-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110111
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110112
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110113
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110116
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110126
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110127
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110180
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: B

The above is seven-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.

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Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110114
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110118
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110119
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110129
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110126
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110139
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: M

The above is six-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.


Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110121
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110123
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL110125
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: T

Container Type: 12-in POP
Container Number: HBL120021
Manifest Number: 000148499MWI
Disposal Date: 4-Feb-14
Row: 23
Col: 5
Hgt: T

The above is five-parts of a seven-part 55 gallon drum pack.
The 7-pack with the ruptured barrel is listed at Row 16, Column 4 at the Top and the pack’s Manifest Number is 010784268JJK. The Disposal Date is 31-Jan-14. The following are the container numbers followed by the Container Type designation.

LA00000068333 – 55GD
LA00000068607 – 55GD
LA00000068630 – 55GD
LA00000068660 – 55GD
LA00000068670 – 55GD
LDUN1460 – 55GD-Dun
LDUN1461 – 55GD-Dun

These appear at the top of PDF Page 176 of the report intended for the NMED and the EPA.

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