Samples weren’t taken 1st week after WIPP leak


CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – It turns out it wasn’t until a week after the radiation leak at WIPP that state officials collected additional required air samples.

Days after the leak surface-air monitoring was conducted beyond the site showing detectable trace amounts of radiation.

Now the Huffington Post is reporting state officials confirmed there were additional independent air sampling that was required of the state environment department during the first week.

Officials say it was never done because of a staff vacancy.

The news comes as more testing is underway at the Carlsbad plant.

Investigators believe a waste drum burst causing the leak in February exposing 22 workers to low-level radiation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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