Officials resume work at nuclear dump after safety pause


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – The federal government’s nuclear waste repository in New Mexico is resuming work after a monthlong safety pause due to poor air quality in parts of the underground facility.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy’s office in Carlsbad made the announcement Monday morning.

Work was stopped Feb. 22 in two areas of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after equipment detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

The facility has been closed since February 2014 when an inappropriately packed drum of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory popped its lid and released radiation.

Parts of the facility were contaminated. Now, crews are working to install a temporary ventilation system and complete other recovery efforts in hopes of resuming operations by the end of the year. 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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