REBUTTAL TESTIMONY OF BONNIE BONNEAU
March 26, 1999
WIPP should be as well monitored as Area G, the waste disposal site at LANL.
There is definitely tritium in the TRU-waste, and it should be monitored.
The State of New Mexico should not scrimp on the RCRA guidelines. The
State should use the maximum of whatever authority they have to regulate
WIPP sampling and surveillance procedures. The DOE should not test their
There should be air monitors in the Waste Handling Building and in the
parking lot at the WIPP site. Requirements should be put into the final
permit so that all VOCs and all radioactive gases are monitored for; not
just the few VOCs now listed in the draft Permit. Monitoring should
especially be done at the top of the elevator shafts where everyone,
workers and visitors, has to exit if there is an emergency.
Scrub alloys contain about 4 different radioactive elements, plus mercury
and lead. Their liquid content is listed as wet combustible residues.
CROSS EXAMINATION OF BONNIE BONNEAU
The NMED should require the DOE to monitor for lead and mercury vapors.