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Feds: No ‘show-stoppers’ found in nuke readiness review

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – U.S. Energy Department officials say no “show-stoppers” were found during an intensive review of whether the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico is ready to reopen following a radiation leak.

Officials outlined the findings during a town hall Thursday night, saying the goal is still for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to resume limited operations before the end of the month.

Some in audience expressed skepticism.

It’s been nearly three years since a chemical reaction inside an inappropriately packed container resulted in a radiation release and forced the facility’s closure.

While the readiness report hasn’t been released publicly, officials highlighted deficiencies that range from simple paperwork issues to the need for improved controls and oversight in some areas.

Corrective actions plans have been developed, and officials say they’ve addressed six of 21 findings so far.

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