Legacy Waste

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The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office’s (EM-LA) Solid Waste Stabilization and Disposition Project Team is dedicated to packaging, shipping and disposing legacy waste – low-level, mixed low-level, and transuranic (TRU) waste – from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The most challenging legacy waste at LANL is TRU, which is currently stored at Area G, located on a mesa 1.3 miles north of the residential community of White Rock and about 600 feet west of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso boundary with LANL. Opened in the late 1950s, Area G is also the primary facility at LANL that characterizes and remediates TRU waste drums and oversized waste containers.

In recent years, over 4,000 above-ground TRU waste containers have been shipped offsite from LANL and are now in long-term disposal. A top environmental priority of the Department of Energy and the state of New Mexico is the safe and efficient removal of the remaining TRU waste stored above-ground at Area G. EM-LA is dedicated to achieving this goal while ensuring the protection of the public, workers and the environment.

For more on the LANL permit, visit: https://www.env.nm.gov/HWB/lanlperm.html

For more information on the Framework Agreement, visit: https://www.env.nm.gov/HWB/documents/LANL_Framework_Agreement.pdf

For Fact Sheet information visit: Legacy Waste Fact Sheets