Over 200 attend WIPP meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – More than 200 people were at a meeting in Carlsbad Monday night concerned about the radiation release at WIPP.

At the meeting the government admitted the first known release of radiation from the underground site on February 14 is very serious. But insists the radiation levels detected in and around the plant in the last ten days are no more risky that a dental x-ray or an airline flight.

One skeptical member of the audience asked how they could be sure of that since not all the samples have been analyzed and little is known yet about what happened.

DOE officials say they will continue to monitor the levels on a constant basis.

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