Probes may enter WIPP facility today to seek cause of leak

March 6, 2014 • Local News

Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant say they could begin sending probes into the facility to determine the cause of the radiation leak as early as today.

Joe Franco, manager of the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office, said plans to begin sending probes today into the mines to determine what caused the radiation leak on Feb. 14, if conditions are suitable for beginning the work.

“Factors that could affect that decision include wind, and even rain,” Franco said in a news conference Thursday evening. If weather allows, probes should be deployed into the plant within the next few days in an attempt to determine the cause of the leak.

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