"Dilution is the solution to pollution."
Spurred by Heather Wilson formerly President of the South Dakota School of Mines, Secretary in Donald Trump's Department of the Air Force and now President of the University of Texas El Paso, a Rapid City firm specializing in toxic waste has been floating the idea of a deep borehole where radioactive materials could be dumped. Wilson is a Republican former New Mexico politician, Air Force officer and lobbyist linked to double dealing at laboratories with ties to the military/industrial complex.
A deep borehole at the edge of the Ogallala Aquifer in southeastern New Mexico is also being explored as Kirtland AFB outside of Albuquerque and Cannon AFB near Clovis are also remediating contaminated soils.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant could be U.S.’ best option for disposing of surplus plutonium through a program the Department of Energy is developing that would see the waste diluted at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina before permanent emplacement at the WIPP facility in southeast New Mexico. The diluted plutonium, mostly coming from the Pantex facility in Texas, would be turned into an oxide at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico before being sent to Savannah River to be diluted. [Carlsbad Current Argus]It's as if transporting diluted nuclear waste over and over America's highways is completely harmless.
Volcanic clays like bentonite mined near Belle Fourche, South Dakota make radioactive waste repositories like the WIPP near Carlsbad possible. South Dakota will always be a sacrifice zone, chemical toilet, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area so until New Mexico’s Spaceport USA figures out how to launch hot waste into the Sun just dig that borehole in my home state and let New Mexico heal.