Team to descend to bottom of WIPP

Team to descend to bottom of WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A special team will descend to the very bottom of the WIPP site Tuesday, trying to set up a base camp inside the leaking nuclear waste mine.

They will be the first humans to enter the lower underground tunnels since a radiation leak contaminated 21 workers last month.

This first re-entry team will survey an area at the bottom of one vertical shaft.

Officials believe this part of the mine will be clear of contamination because it is where air enters from the surface.

Teams plan to eventually reach the spot where the leak occurred and seal it. 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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