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.

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