WIPP leak caused by LANL waste

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal officials say a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been linked to waste from Los Alamos National Lab.

Officials say pictures from the latest entry into the underground facility confirm that a container from LANL has a cracked lid and evidence of heat damage.

Last week, they said the leak was likely caused by a chemical reaction.

Among the possibilities that are being studied: a switch in the type of kitty litter used to absorb moisture before the containers are sealed and shipped to WIPP.

The repository has been closed since the mysterious release in February, 22 workers were contaminated with low levels or radiation.

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