Exposed WIPP workers won’t experience health issues


CARSLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials insist that workers exposed during a radiation leak at the WIPP plant will not experience any adverse health problems because of it.

The findings released in a report late Thursday confirm that 22 of 140 WIPP employees who were tested were exposed to the same amount of radiation one would get from a chest x-ray.

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

They said earlier this week that photos taken inside panel seven, where the leak happened on February 14th, show that something produced heat melting plastic and rubber on at least one container.

They suspect waste from Los Alamos National Labs had a chemical reaction and ruptured inside the underground chamber.

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