Increased levels of radiation detected from leak at WIPP

February 24, 2014 • Local News

Slightly elevated levels of airborne radiation have been detected in Southeastern New Mexico from a leak at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, according to a U.S. Department of Energy news release.

The continuing radiation monitoring resulted in a town meeting being scheduled in Carlsbad between state, federal and local officials and the public.

The DOE said Monday the results are from samples collected last week at numerous air monitoring stations at and around the WIPP site. Last week, DOE officials confirmed the first-ever leak at the facility. It stores plutonium-contaminated waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other government nuclear sites.

The results are consistent with the kinds of waste stored at the plant, but officials say there’s no public health threat.

Carlsbad’s mayor scheduled a community meeting Monday evening with officials from the Department of Energy and the Radiation Control Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department.

“The New Mexico Environment Department has seen no data to suggest any health threats to people have Login to read more

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