Early House and Senate budget requests for the 2015 fiscal year include millions of extra dollars to clean up radiation contamination and reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
Radiation leaked from at least one breached container Feb. 14, and the nuclear waste repository has been closed since then. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the container leak and to map out the extent of the contamination in the salt caverns 2,150 feet below ground. The breached drum, which came from Los Alamos National Laboratory, occurred one week after a truck caught fire underground in a different area at WIPP.
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