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This is being orchestrated by the US DOE. It is notable that the head of the US DOE, Ernest Moniz, is married to a Japanese Brazilian Naomi Hoki.

For 2016, only, the US taxpayer will provide $1.9 billion for so-called nuclear nonproliferation activities where the US gov runs all over the world taking nuclear waste off the hands of other countries and dumps it on America. http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-presents-fy16-budget-request

The US has no permanent place to put its own commercial or non-commercial waste. Why is it taking foreign waste? Along with the Japanese plutonium, it may be taking plutonium from Germany, Switzerland, and Canada, and has taken plutonium from other European countries, including Italy. (I must have been sleeping during history. I thought that the Nazis and Fascists lost WWII.)

WIPP, which has taken many shipments of plutonium (transuranic) waste from the Savannah River Nuclear Site is still closed since
WIPP 22 May 2014
WIPP problems should surprise no one since WIPP is in a salt bed (near Carlsbad Caverns) and has been leaking since the beginning: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-weeping-wipp-road-wipp-leaking-from-the-get-go/
But, that didn’t stop the DOE from sending Savannah River Site transuranic (plutonium, americium, etc.) to WIPP. And, it isn’t keeping the US DOE from planning to send 6 metric tons of plutonium from Savannah River Nuclear Site to WIPP as soon as it is re-opened!
From SRS to WIPP ca 1999

Was and is this simply to make room for foreign nuclear waste?
In support of President Obama’s Four-Year Effort to secure the world’s most vulnerable nuclear material, DNN [Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation]completed security upgrades at 32 sites in Russia (for a total of 218 sites), removed more than 5,060 kilograms of nuclear material, removed all HEU from 12 countries/locations, completed 24 bilateral physical protection assessments of foreign facilities holding U.S.–obligated nuclear material, and provided physical protection training to nearly 2,500 foreign officials either bilaterally with partnering countries or multilaterally with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”
http://www.ne.anl.gov/pdfs/gtri/2013-12-12%204%20Year%20Effort.pdf

On Christmas Eve the intent of moving 6 metric tons of plutonium to WIPP was announced. It was the same day that Japan announced re-opening of more of its nuclear reactors:
DOE/NNSA’s Preferred Alternative with regard to the disposition of 6 MT of surplus non-pit plutonium is to prepare this plutonium for eventual disposal at WIPP in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a geologic repository for disposal of TRU waste generated by atomic energy defense activities. This would allow the DOE/NNSA to continue progress on the disposition of surplus weapon usable plutonium in furtherance of the policies of the United States to ensure that surplus plutonium is never used in a nuclear weapon, and to remove surplus plutonium from the State of South Carolina. Surplus non-pit plutonium would be prepared and packaged at the Savannah River Site (SRS) using H-Canyon/HB-line and/or K-Area facilities to meet the WIPP waste acceptance criteria and all other applicable regulatory requirements and would be temporarily stored in E-Area at SRS until shipped. Shipments of this surplus plutonium to WIPP would not commence until WIPP is fully operational, and would be placed in the appropriate place in any queue of material to be shipped to WIPP.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/24/2015-32440/preferred-alternative-for-certain-quantities-of-plutonium-evaluated-in-the-final-surplus-plutonium?utm_content=next&utm_medium=PrevNext&utm_source=Article

Like mother, like daughter – Britain has its own problem with Japanese plutonium and no place to put it! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/21-tons-of-japanese-plutonium-stored-in-the-uk-japans-neat-trick-for-dealing-with-nuclear-waste-make-it-someone-elses-problem/

The decision to remove weapons grade plutonium from Japan ignores the fact that more than 10 tons of weapons usable plutonium remain in storage across Japan at nuclear power plants, fuel fabrication and reprocessing plants. If there is a security and proliferation risk from the plutonium intended to be transported from Japan to the United States, and there are many risks, then Japan’s planning the expansion of its plutonium program is in direct contradiction to these efforts to reduce the threat from bomb material. The US $21 billion reprocessing plant at Rokkasho-mura when operated.” Greenpeace communication to SRS Watch, as cited below.

As explained by Tom Clements of Savannah River Site Watch (yellow highlights and red underline added to original):
SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 2 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 3 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 4 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 5 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT p. 6
p.7 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 8 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p.9 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 10 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 11 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 12 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 13 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLE PLAN TO TAKE IT OUT
p. 14 SRS Watch DOE'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLUTONIUM DILEMMA:  PLUTONIUM KEEPS SECRETLY COMING IN BUT NO VIABLEPLAN TO TAKE IT OUTp. 14
By Tom Clements Director, Savannah River Site Watch (SRS Watch) Editing by Frances Close, President of SRS http://www.srswatch.org/ https://www.facebook.com/SavannahRiverSiteWatch
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See original without highlights-embedded links here: http://www.srswatch.org/uploads/2/7/5/8/27584045/srs_watch_plutonium_import_report_december_21_2015.pdf