AMWTP’s future clouded as mission nears end

Workers at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project are preparing to retrieve a box containing radioactive waste, which has been stored on pad 1 for 40 years in this 2012 file photo. Without a new mission, half the facilty’s jobs would go away when the work is done, and the other half would be devoted to decommissioning the expensive plant. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com

The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, a key facility of the Idaho Cleanup Project featuring a massive supercompactor to crush barrels of radioactive waste, is about one year from completing its mission. That’s good news for nuclear waste cleanup, but it comes with a local downside: Hundreds of high-paying local jobs are on the line.

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