WIPP radiation levels ‘slightly elevated’


CARLSBAD N.M. (KRQE) – New information about the accidental radiation release at the WIPP site near Carlsbad last week.

New test results released Monday show “slightly elevated” levels of airborne radiation.

According to the Department of Energy, data shows a potential dose of 1.3 to 4.4 millirems.

To give you an idea of what that means, a single chest x-ray will expose a person to 10 millirems of radiation.

The DOE said the average person living in the US is exposed to more than 600 millirems every year from naturally occurring radiation.

The DOE does not consider the radiation release to be dangerous.

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