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.