By Associated Press | 4 hours ago
Posted: 5:09 pm
CARLSBAD — Officials are monitoring the presence of airborne radiation at southeastern New Mexico’s nuclear waste repository.
The U.S. Department of Energy says personnel are on-site Saturday to assess what officials are calling a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
According to the DOE, an air monitor detected radiation on the plant’s underground levels around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Officials say no employees were working underground at the time and workers on the surface have been sheltered in place as a precaution.
They say nobody has been found to be contaminated.
WIPP is the nation’s first and only deep geological nuclear waste repository. It takes plutonium-contaminated waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal nuclear projects.
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WIPP is the nation's first repository for the permanent disposal of defense-generated low-level nuclear waste waste left from research and production of nuclear weapons.
WIPP's facilities include disposal rooms excavated in an ancient, stable salt formation, 2,150 feet (almost one-half mile) underground.
Last Edited by Citizenperth on 02/16/2014 04:57 PM
The Associated Press is reporting that an underground radiation monitor has gone off inside the WIPP nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. Officials report that they have not detected radiation above ground at the facility. They also mention that no workers have been underground to investigate. There was a fire in the underground areas of the facility 10 days ago. The AP report was ambiguous if they meant no one has been underground the entire 10 days or just not since the alarm went off.
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