LAST CALL: WIPP release laid to waste by media

In New Mexico, the federal government buries plutonium-contaminated defense trash at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The West Wing recently included a reference to a truck hauling "uranium fuel rods" crashing in an Idaho tunnel, so WIPP decided to clear things up.

In New Mexico, the federal government buries plutonium-contaminated defense trash at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The West Wing recently included a reference to a truck hauling "uranium fuel rods" crashing in an Idaho tunnel, so WIPP decided to clear things up.

"'Uranium fuel rod' is a fictional material,

stated a release from the governor's office. "New Mexico has no tunnels.

Smart-alecky journalists poked fun at the implication that viewers did not know fact from fiction.

One even recalled a tunnel between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.

The Radioactive Waste Consultation Task Force admitted their release needed polishing. It meant to say hazard waste cargo routes don't pass through any tunnels in New Mexico or Idaho.

Because of the bloopers, outlets as far off as Australia picked up on a story that might never have made the wires. And now, we all can rest knowing the only things glowing in New Mexico are those Roswell space aliens.

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