Radiation Leak in New Mexico: “We’ve never seen a level like we are seeing”
February 16th, 2014
A nuclear waste facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico is the site of an airborne radiation leak. The high levels of particles were detected late Friday night at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
WIPP is housed at an old salt mine, and toxic waste like plutonium is housed half a mile underground.
All of the 139 workers were sequestered on site.
WIPP is the nation’s first transuranic nuclear waste repository, used to permanently dispose of low-level nuclear waste from government sites around the nation.
“These are radionuclides that are of a hazard if inhaled, but it is not the kind of radiation that penetrates, and so the primary concern for the release of this nature is (through) the ventilation passageway and that’s why our employees are sequestered in place,” said Roger Nelson, a Department of Energy spokesman. (source)