Missing equipment delays WIPP teams

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews were supposed to go underground Tuesday into the WIPP site for the first time following February’s radiological leak, but there’s been another delay.

A team of eight workers were supposed to descend into the mine to first establish a safe base of operations and check for airborne contamination before a second team entered.

But the lapel monitors that hook to the workers clothing did not arrive in time. It’s unclear when they will.

KRQE News 13 did learn Monday that four more workers have tested positive for radiation exposure from the Feb. 14 leak. That adds up to 21 workers in all.

They all continue to undergo health screenings to ensure there are no long-term effects.

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