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These metal drums of nuclear waste corroded from the inside out, within 2 months to 2 years of waste repackaging. While they say “The hole developed in an otherwise solid looking drum“, the almost new drum is clearly rusty and scratched on the outside – we put a zoom in of it at the bottom of this post. Transuranic wastes, like plutonium, are highly reactive metals, which corrode. Thus, the drum corroded from the inside out, but it was also starting to corrode from the outside in. This occurred at Savannah River Site and at Hanford. The exploding waste drum at WIPP was from Los Alamos National Lab. However, Savannah River Site and Hanford waste drums were also sent to WIPP. Furthermore, it looks unlikely that the storage shed with the nuclear waste drums would resist tornados.
“Office of Environmental Management: Safety Alert Radioactive Liquid Release from Drums, June 2011”