Officials look into possible radiation leak at WIPP

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CARLSBAD, NM (KRQE) – Department of Energy officials are investigating a possible radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

At this point it’s unclear exactly how much radiation has been released, but an air monitor detected airborne radiation in the underground portion of the WIPP facility around 11 o’clock last night.

DOE WIPP spokesperson Roger Nelson said, “Additional sampling is going on.  We have employees sequestered in place so that we minimize any potential for airborne inhalation.”

According to a spokesperson, preliminary findings indicate there is no hazard to employees at the site.  Crews are now filtering underground air.

Underground operations had already been suspended a week-and-a-half ago after a truck caught fire in the underground facility where radioactive waste is housed.

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