That WIPP is not a dry environment has been known for over a quarter of a century. This should come as no surprise, because most, if not all, underground infrastructures are wet and require pumping to keep dry. This, and the corrosive nature of salts, is why placing nuclear waste in salt has always been a stupid idea, which only works in the nuclear fantasy la-la land. It is also why waste needs to be stored in permanent, stable, hard rock, underground bunkers and pumping will always be required. Pumping, of course, can add to instability by increasing water flow and dissolution, especially for salt, limestone, gypsum, clay, etc. Read about tunnels, subways, as well as sinkhole creation. This is perhaps why fans have been used at WIPP, but drying capacity of fans is limited. Water can rapidly melt salt; salt increases corrosion rates of metal and concrete. Plutonium, uranium, etc. are actually metals, which are prone to corrosion. WIPP was an all-around stupid idea. A child can, and has, seen salt storage for the stupid idea that it is. And, nuclear waste in salt is typical of the stupid ideas which come from nuclear advocates, who are clearly narrow-minded, wishful thinkers, stupid, crazy, drugged up, and/or members of a cult of destruction and death. Meanwhile, many intelligent, well-educated, people have found themselves unemployed.
“Deteriorated concrete from liner of WIPP waste shaft” by Lillian D Wakeley; Toy S Poole; J P Burkes; Sandia National Laboratories.; U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. Vicksburg, Mississippi; Structures Laboratory (U.S.) http://www.dtic. mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA254019
“Individual and Combined Effects of Chloride, Sulfate, and Magnesium Ions on Hydrated Portland-Cement Paste“, by Toy S. Poole, Lillian D. Wakeley, Cameron L. Young Structures Laboratory U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, Prepared by Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 and Livermore, California 94550 for the United States Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000, Printed March 1994, SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES TECHNICAL LIBRARY http://prod.sandia. gov/techlib/access-control.cgi/1993/937040.pdf
Time to shut-down the nuclear industry and focus on real solutions for nuclear waste and not idiotic “solutions”, like WIPP, which pick on poor, often minority, rural areas.
Let’s shut it down! Help spread the word! Make the 70 Yrs is Enough Campaign your own.