ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new investigation by the feds into WIPP could have drastic consequences.
Some worry it could lead to the plant losing its contract.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the investigation announced last week will focus on issues to include potential deficiencies in nuclear safety, radiation protection and worker safety.
This sparked after the radiation leak in February where 22 workers were contaminated.
If violations are found, the site and its contractor could face fines and penalties.
The biggest concern is the head of the watchdog group that monitors WIPP says if it finds officials failed to protect the public and workers, the contract could be jeopardy.
A separate investigation into the cause of the leak already has been commissioned by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s accident investigation board.