LANL Director Places Terry Wallace in Charge of WIPP Accident Investigation

LANL Director Charlie McMillan and NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak answer questions at Wednesday’s LANL Regional Leaders Breakfast at the Lab. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office manager Kim Davis Lebak updated community leaders on the situation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) during a quarterly breakfast Wednesday at LANL.

McMillan said he has placed LANL Principal Associate Director for Global Security Terry Wallace in charge of the investigation into the accident that has closed the facility. It has been determined that a drum associated with LANL waste was the likely source of the radiation leak at WIPP, McMillan said.

The waste has been traced to Drum 68660, Wallace said.

McMillan said that the LANL contaminated waste removal project is 93 percent complete at this point. The accident at WIPP has stalled the completion of the project, which was slated to be finished this month.

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