Government agencies gathered in Santa Fe for radioactive spill exercise


SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mock training exercise took place Thursday aimed at preparing for a radioactive spill.

About ten different agencies gathered in Santa Fe for the exercise. Most of the agencies were not advised about the scenario to make it as realistic as possible. The program is intended to be a training tool for a potential WIPP incident, allowing the agencies the opportunity to react as they would in a real situation and adjust accordingly.

“If there are any weaknesses that are identified, that gives us a chance to improve upon those and make a stronger program,” said James Mason, US Department of Energy.

While officials say these incidents don’t happen often, it’s still good practice. 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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