WIPP workers to return to plant

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – WIPP workers could go underground as early as this weekend to investigate the cause of the radiation leak.

Department of Energy officials tell KRQE News 13 the timeline all depends on how well the training and prep for employees goes.

The DOE announced Tuesday that it would be the 650 WIPP employees who would be used for the investigation, cleanup and remediation efforts.

The repository has been closed since the leak on February 14, 2014.

Samples of the area and soil surrounding the plant are still being collected to ensure there is not risk to citizens.

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