Radiation detected near WIPP site

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KQRE) – There’s been an alarming finding at the WIPP site near Carlsbad.

On Wednesday, scientists said they detected radiation in the air a half a mile from the underground nuclear waste plant.

Authorities for the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center says they’ve detected trace amounts of radioactive plutonium and americium.

Right now, they say the levels are the highest ever detected in or around the site, but are far below levels deemed unsafe by the agency.

Airborne radiation was detected underground over the weekend which has since reached the surface.

Next week a complete reading on filters collected should be done.

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