Air Force – Radioactive Waste – News

  • Radioactive waste buried at Biggs Airfield/Fort Bliss, TX stemming from Air Force maintenance activities involving nuclear weapons from the 1950s and 1960s.
  • The specific quantity of maintenance waste buried is not known due to incomplete records.
  • Bases with first generation nuclear weapon systems used the waste disposal methods that were in accordance with the Atomic Energy Commission and Air Force procedures at the time.
  • The Air Force transferred the bunker to the Army in 1966, but did not warn officials about a potential radiation risk.

Initial testing at Fort Bliss bunker indicates ‘safe’ levels of radiation
Bayonet-Jul 25, 2013
No harmful levels of radiation were found inside the bunker, with the … a retired Airman brought his concerns to the Air Force Safety Office, Buccino said. … Nuclear weapons were stored and maintained there at the time, and into the 1960s. Radioactive materials were buried in sealed containers 12 to 18 …

Cold War relic: LANL reveals tunnel to nuke storage site
ABQ Journal-Jul 24, 2013
Trucks from Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque once pulled up to this 230-foot-long tunnel to unload components for nuclear weapons, …

Fort Bliss officials: Biggs bunker radiation not a threat
El Paso Times-Jul 23, 2013
The radiation levels in a weapons storage bunker at Biggs Airfield pose no threat … said the U.S. Air Force had used epoxy paint to seal the radioactive … Air Force Safety Office he had worked with unsealed nuclear weapons.

The Fallout from Nuclear Secrecy
Consortium News-Jul 23, 2013
… the U.S. government conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests from and near the two … The U.S. gave to RMI officials a report focusing on U.S. Air Force … Today Bikini and parts of Enewetak are still too radioactive to be safely inhabited. As the Redwing tests continued, radiation badges were handed out, …

Many who were part of atomic testing are eligible for benefits
Norman Transcript-Jul 23, 2013
He is a veteran of both the Marines and the Air Force, serving honorably … They also filed two radiation claims with the Justice Department for …

Army Plays Down Danger of Nuke Leak
Yahoo! News-Jul 22, 2013
Stray radioactive particles are confined to the ground of a single … in an effort to locate radiation-tainted materials said to have been interred nearby, … the El Paso Times quoted an Air Force Safety Center spokeswoman as …

Fort Bliss bunker a relic of race for nuclear supremacy
El Paso Times-Jul 21, 2013
Yes, I’m glad the radiation levels seem not to be a threat. No, I think more investigation is needed into radioactive residue buried at Biggs Airfield. … secret,” said Hollis Skipper, a retired Air Force veteran who used to maintain … Safety Office that he worked with unsealed nuclear weapons while at Biggs.

Radiation Exposure Could Have Caused Parkinson’s
Rocklin and Roseville Today-Jul 20, 2013
In the late 1970s at a Nevada air force base, a technician accidentally exposed airman Dan Hott to a great deal of radiation, perhaps the …

Radioactive Material Discovered on Army Base
KCEN-TV-Jul 19, 2013
Nuclear weapons were assembled and stored in the bunker in the 1950’s and 60’s when it belonged to the Air Force. Officials say there was no …

Fort Bliss to reveal more on radiation leak
Sacramento Bee-Jul 19, 2013
The bunker was used to store and assemble nuclear bombs decades ago and was recently found to be radioactive. The Air Force used the …

Fort Bliss official says more radiation possible
Las Cruces Sun-News-Jul 19, 2013
Fort Bliss official says more radiation possible … been found, there may be more radioactive waste buried at Biggs Airfield stemming from Air Force maintenance activities involving nuclear weapons from the 1950s and 1960s, …

Fort Bliss: Radiation problem contained
Tribune-Review-Jul 19, 2013
Nuclear weapons were assembled and stored in the bunker in the 1950s and 1960s when the facility belonged to the Air Force. … buried sealed containers with radioactive residues near the bunkers prompted an investigation …

Fort Bliss leaders seek tips on contaminated sites
News & Observer-Jul 18, 2013
The Air Force applied an epoxy paint to seal off the radiation and turned … called the hotline said they didn’t know the bunker was radioactive.

Radiation fallout: 40 people so far report contact with Fort Bliss bunker
El Paso Times-Jul 18, 2013
Fort Bliss officials believe the bunker was used to store nuclear weapons in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Air Force was in charge of Biggs …

Radiation detected at Fort Bliss
WOAI-Jul 18, 2013
… when the base was an Air Force installation. The radiation was traced to a former nuclear weapons bunker at Biggs Army Airfield on post.

Fort Bliss Radiation Discovered, Investigation Underway in Texas
Newsmax.com-Jul 17, 2013
The radiation is the result of contaminated residue buried at the West Texas post during the Cold War era, when the Air Force manned the facility, Post … involving nuclear weapons waste that occurred during maintenance.

Contamination found: Hazardous material safety concern at BAAF …
Fort Bliss monitor-Jul 17, 2013
Fort Bliss officials are working closely with the U.S. Air Force Safety Center and other Army agencies after a recent examination of a former Air …

Here is the latest Texas news from The Associated Press
KRGV-Jul 17, 2013
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) Army leaders at Fort Bliss say radiation has been detected at a former nuclear weapons bunker and they’re …

Army Scours Texas Base for Leaked Nuke Contaminants
National Journal-Jul 17, 2013
Radioactive material detected in a 2-month-old probe might have … The substance might be uranium from “old unsealed nuclear weapons,” according to the official. … at Fort Bliss in the 1950s, when the base was under Air Force control. The Army will search for radiation-tainted materials said to have been …

Update: Fort Bliss announces investigation into possible radioactive …
KFOX El Paso-Jul 17, 2013
Buccino said it is not clear what impact the radiation levels might … which took over the Biggs land when the Air Force closed the base in 1966.

Radioactive Material Found at Army Base After Tip
Wall Street Journal (blog)-by Julian Barnes-Jul 16, 2013
The Air Force also apparently buried radioactive material in sealed … turned over to the Army and the Air Force, and its nuclear weapons, left.

Military investigating possible radiation hazard at Fort Bliss
Alamogordo Daily News-Jul 16, 2013
The testing was ordered after an Air Force veteran who served at … He said the bunker floor was painted over to mitigate possible radioactive particles. … used to store nuclear weapons at Biggs in the 1950s, Buccino said.

Army investigates radiation in ex-nuclear weapons bunker at Fort …
Washington Post-Jul 16, 2013
Army investigates radiation in ex-nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss in … The Air Force transferred the area to the Army in 1966. … years the paint has become chipped, allowing the radioactive surface to become exposed.

Fort Bliss investigating possible radioactive materials on post
KFOX El Paso-Jul 16, 2013
“It has come to our attention that the Air Force stored radioactive material during the 1950s and 1960s at a remote limited access building,” said …

Army investigates radiation exposure at Fort Bliss
Yahoo! News-Jul 16, 2013
… detected radiation at a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and they’re … in the 1950s and 1960s, when the base was operated by the Air Force. … They found levels of radiation in a bunker at Biggs Army Airfield that, along … that any radiation transferred to the equipment used by the soldiers.

Army Probes Radiation in Bunker at Fort Bliss
KRIS Corpus Christi News-Jul 16, 2013
… have detected radiation in a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss … paint has become chipped, allowing the radioactive surface to become exposed. … at Fort Bliss in the 1950s when it was operated by the Air Force.

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