The Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL) is an unlined dump, home to “low level” radioactive waste including byproducts of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy production, metallic sodium as well as many other hazardous materials. This unlined pit has the potential to leak into local aquifers and there is evidence that contamination could already be occurring. Radiation is something that is hard to visualize, thus the focus of our project was to create a map to visually map out the potential dangers of the Mixed Waste Landfill. The map indicates the location of our precious aquifer, the proximity of residencies to the MWL, and the potential area of impact if the dump were to explode (based on a documented explosion of a similar dump in Beatty, Nevada).
Check out the interactive map
Mixed Waste Landfill: A Threat to Albuquerque, Isleta Pueblo, and all of New Mexico
Come Learn about Albuquerque’s Best Kept, Most Dangerous Secret!
Press Conference, April 14th, 2017 7pm-9pm
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard Dr. SE)
The UNM Sustainability Studies 334: Environmental Justice Practicum class will host a press conference open to press and the wider Albuquerque community on the topic of Sandia’s notorious Mixed Waste Landfill. Students will share their research and semester projects which highlight concerns about a potential explosion of the materials buried on Sandia’s property which could result in a widespread release of radioactive materials (as happened in a very similar dump in Beatty, NV in 2015). There is also concern that the radioactive and chemical waste, which is buried in an unlined pit, could contaminate groundwater (or potentially already has).
Come join UNM Sustainability Studies students, community members, and local activists to learn more about “Albuquerque’s best kept, most dangerous secret: the Mixed Waste Landfill.”
This website was created as a part of University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies “Nuclear New Mexico” course taught in Albuquerque, NM. The site will serve as an archive for student projects, a platform for community organizing around nuclear issues, and a source for educational material on the environmental and social impacts of nuclearism. Please browse the site and check back frequently for updated information.