Reuters is reporting that the alarm at the WIPP nuclear storage site in New Mexico is now considered to be a credible nuclear waste leak and not a false alarm from radon. The DOE gave this slightly disturbing statement to Reuters:
“But I believe it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don’t know if it’s a real event, but it looks like one,” he said.”
The leak was identified on Friday and set off a filtered vent system to try to prevent releases from reaching the surface. As of Sunday they still don’t know the exact situation underground but are attempting to send some workers in to investigate. The facility stores plutonium waste from the national labs and has been considered a cornerstone of the plans for cleaning up the massive nuclear waste now stored around the country. WIPP can only hold a tiny fraction of all the US nuclear waste that needs storage at DOE labs.
Photo of the truck fire at WIPP earlier in the month.
Photo credit | mnginteractive
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