First human team enters underground WIPP site

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – For the fist time since a radioactive leak last month, humans have ventured underground at New Mexico’s WIPP site.

A team was lowered more than 2,000 feet into two vertical shafts at the nuclear waste mine near Carlsbad. The photo shown above shows a team that was practicing to enter WIPP at a nearby Potash mine.

The team made sure the shafts were safe and lifts were working properly.

In the days ahead, crews will go to the bottom and hike through the tunnels to find out what caused the leak.

At least 17 workers were contaminated with low-level radioactive particles. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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