Environment department issues new order for WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Monday the New Mexico Environment Department issued a new order to WIPP to make sure material suspected of causing February’s radiation leak is secure and not causing a health or environmental threat.

The same order was issued to Los Alamos National Lab Monday after pictures showed one of their containers with a cracked lid and evidence of heat and a chemical reaction.

Tuesday’s order also calls for the feds to come up with an action plan to close the rooms that contain nitrate salt-bearing containers from LANL like panel seven where the leak occurred.

Crews plan to take more samples and pictures from the area this week.

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