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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:55 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Fri Feb 21, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened.

The release of radiation from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant poses no public health threat, officials emphasized, but the state environment secretary said he was concerned with the lag in getting information about the incident.

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3 comments:

  • johane jones posted at 10:11 pm on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    JohaneS Posts: 2

    Actually, I have been hearing about that issue recently.

     
  • johane jones posted at 10:07 pm on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    JohaneS Posts: 2

    Thanks for sharing the information here.

     
  • Pete Wilson posted at 8:18 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    PeteWilson Posts: 1

    Ever since the Yucca Mountain project was suspended amid controversial political maneuverings, there has been a push to suggest that WIPP would be an ideal site for the storage of spent nuclear fuel rods. As one Carlsbad official publicly stated, "The salt has been here for over 225 million years and isn't going anywhere, hence its suitability for radioactive waste disposal."

    WIPP currently stores low level nuclear waste. The reported leak, compounded by a recent underground fire, definitely puts WIPP's suitability into question to store anything more radioactive than contaminated clothing and tools.

     

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