WIPP employee sues for smoke

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A contract worker at the WIPP plant in southeastern New Mexico is suing.

The Albuquerque journal reports that William Utter says he suffered smoke inhalation when a truck caught fire in the underground storage facility back in February.

Utter is a waste handler for nuclear waste partnership. He is seeking damages from WIPP and his company.

A spokesman for the nuclear waste partnership said they’re not commenting on the lawsuit.

Just weeks after the fire, the site experienced a major radiation leak shutting down the plant.

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