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Now 21 workers radioactively contaminated at New Mexico nuclear waste site

text ionisingTESTS SHOW RADIATION CONTAMINATION ON FOUR MORE WORKERS AT NEW MEXICO Flag-USASITE http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/04/tests-show-radiation-contamination-four-more-workers-new-mexico-site/81709/?oref=ng-HPriverThe U.S. Energy Department on Monday said testing had revealed trace levels of contamination in four additional workers at a nuclear waste site in New Mexico.

The announcement brings to 21 the total number of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or “WIPP,” personnel who were exposed to small amounts of radiation following a February leak of some radioactive elements from the subterranean nuclear-materials dump, the Associated Pressreports.

The department intended to dispatch a team of eight specialists on Tuesday into the underground portion of the nuclear facility to start establishing outposts that would enable a probe into exactly what led to the leak.

The WIPP facility has not accepted any new atomic waste since the discovery of the radiation leak. This has caused some U.S. nuclear-weapons sites to turn to temporary options for storing their waste.

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April 2, 2014 - Posted by | health, USA, wastes

2 Comments »

  1. […] New Mexico (Reuters) – Inspectors ventured into an underground nuclear waste disposal vault in New Mexico on Wednesday to begin an on-site investigation of a radiation leak […]

    Pingback by Inspectors re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak | April 3, 2014 | Reply


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