WIPP investigators could use robots to find leak

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Robots are on standby to head down into the WIPP site that’s been closed after a radiation leak.

Crews searching underground at the WIPP site finally hit radioactive contamination last week.

But they had to leave before finding the source after low batteries on their protective suits cut the mission short.

This week, workers completed training to learn how to operate the robots from Sandia and Los Alamos national labs if they’re needed.

The robots will be used if workers cannot access the source believed to leaking radiation.

At least 21 workers were exposed to low levels of radiation since the leak started.

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