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UK – Peace campaigners arrested on board nuclear submarine – OOps!

Homer works as a Nuclear Safety Inspector, and constantly neglects his duties, resulting in danger of nuclear disaster
March 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE –

Two campaigners from Faslane Peace Camp were arrested on Wednesday morning aboard the Royal Navy submarine HMS Ambush at its berth in Faslane.

Security at the site – home to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons and headquarters of the Royal Navy – was again called into question by the protestors’ actions.

Speaking today following her release from custody, boarding party member Heather Stewart (29) expressed surprise at the success of the action. ‘I am amazed and disturbed by the accessibility of the UK’s top defence site. Up to eighty nuclear warheads are often stationed here, along with several nuclear reactors. We thought we could get in, but not that we would be arrested within meters of nuclear materials.

HMS Ambush is one of the new Astute class of hunter-killer submarines. Two of a planned seven Astutes have been completed, with all seven intended to be based alongside the £100 billion Trident replacement at Faslane. The base is currently undertaking a £31 million expansion to accommodate the additional service personnel for these submarines.

‘These submarines use the same leaky reactor which has recently been disclosed to have caused problems at Dounreay. Bringing another five to Faslane will double the chances of nuclear accident and increase the amount of nuclear waste on our roads and railways,’ said Jamie Watson (29) on release from Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Having been charged with bye-laws offences, malicious mischief, and offences under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, the protestors were allowed to leave custody with no trial date set. Stewart said, ‘Direct actions such as this are necessary, to reflect the overwhelming public support for scrapping Trident and to show that we won’t accept a Trident replacement or new nuclear submarines.

‘Since there’s nowhere else for them to go, a “Yes” vote in September will help pile on the pressure for these engines of destruction to be sent to the breaker’s yard as part of a programme of unilateral disarmament.’

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Faslane Peace Camp has been a base for anti-nuclear action for almost 32 years. Consisting of a line of caravans along the A814 opposite the submarine base, the Peace Camp calls to all opposed to war, militarism, and weapons of mass destruction to join us.

HM Naval Base Clyde is a number of sites on the Clyde, Gareloch, and Loch Long, in the West of Scotland near Helensburgh. The main sites are Faslane, which hosts the Vanguard submarines which carry Trident nuclear warheads on constant patrols of the Atlantic, and Coulport, which stores undeployed warheads. Nuclear waste from the sites is set to be moved following public consultation on a temporary disposal site this year.

Both the Vanguard and Astute submarines based at Faslane use the same type of reactor as HMS Vulcan, the test reactor at Dounreay. A leak detected at this reactor was not publicly disclosed for two years, despite a tenfold increase in radioactivity in the surrounding area and obvious implications for the UK submarine fleet. HMS Vanguard is now scheduled for refuelling in 2015 at an estimated cost of £120 million, with the remainder of the UK’s nuclear submarines likely to follow.

CONTACTS

Faslane Peace Camp 01436 820901

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Two great charts about Nuclear ☢ that everyone should share!

Two great charts about Nuclear ☢ that everyone should study!
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Letter from Mother of Mari Takenouchi to those who try to file another lawsuit against her

Mari Takenouchi

Published on 21 Mar 2014

Mari discusses issues concerning harassment and how she is trying to cope with the pressures of translation and news sharing.

関連サイト Save Kids Japan: http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/2014…
竹野内真理ファイル Takenouchi Mari File: http://takenouchimari.blogspot.jp/201…
エートス代表から刑事告訴!竹野内真理エッセイ Mari Takenouchi’s essay: http://takenouchimariessay.blogspot.j…

Mari is facing charges stemming from speaking out on radiation in Japan and advocacy for families relocating children out of the areas contaminated by radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site, operated by TEPCO. Radioactivity continues to leave that site. It is well established that while lower levels of exposure to radioactivity lowers risk, the greatest hazard from radiation comes when children are exposed, raising the risk of cancer manifold over their entire lives.

The group ETHOS in Japan supports the decision by some to stay and live in contaminated areas. Sadly, some of these families feel they have no choice due to economics and other factors. Certainly young children have no choice. ETHOS advocates monitoring radioactivity, but well established science supports Mari’s views that there is no safe dose of radiation and that children need to be protected. We support open discussion, access to information and free choice. We ask the Prosecutor to agree that writing and speaking about these issues are not a crime.

Please Stand With Mari as she stands for precaution, protection and the rights of children to a healthy future. THANK YOU.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Office_of_the_Prosecutor_Iwaki_Branch_Fukushima_Japan_Support_Mari_Takenouchi_and_Radiation_Protection/?copy

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Issues on Japanese Nuclear Plants and Earthquakes by Mari Takenouchi – Video

Mari Takenouchi

Published on 7 Mar 2014

Support Mari Takenouchi and Radiation Protection – The attack on Japanese truthtellers continues!

Office of the Prosecutor, Iwaki Branch, Fukushima Japan:

Support Mari Takenouchi and Radiation Protection

“Perhaps because everyone believes people telling them on television that everything is fine, they don’t seem so worried,” 281 Antinuke told Reuters.“I hope by leaving my art I can remind people that we’re not safe at all … and that they will do something to protect themselves.”

“We don’t know what will happen in the future, whether children will get cancer or leukemia,” he said. “So I want to keep making noise and making a fuss.”

“The nuclear accident allowed us to realize that Japan had hidden a lot of things,” he said. “I want to make images that express doubts about what’s going on in politics – like a label that says ‘This is happening, pay attention’!”  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/30/1259294/-Masked-Artist-Forces-Japanese-to-Think-About-Fukushima

Why this is important!!

Mari is facing charges stemming from speaking out on radiation in Japan and advocacy for families relocating children out of the areas contaminated by radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site, operated by TEPCO. Radioactivity continues to leave that site. It is well established that while lower levels of exposure to radioactivity lowers risk, the greatest hazard from radiation comes when children are exposed, raising the risk of cancer manifold over their entire lives.

The group ETHOS in Japan supports the decision by some to stay and live in contaminated areas. Sadly, some of these families feel they have no choice due to economics and other factors. Certainly young children have no choice. ETHOS advocates monitoring radioactivity, but well established science supports Mari’s views that there is no safe dose of radiation and that children need to be protected. We support open discussion, access to information and free choice. We ask the Prosecutor to agree that writing and speaking about these issues are not a crime.

Please Stand With Mari as she stands for precaution, protection and the rights of children to a healthy future. THANK YOU.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Office_of_the_Prosecutor_Iwaki_Branch_Fukushima_Japan_Support_Mari_Takenouchi_and_Radiation_Protection/?copy

 

“Hiroshi Hoshi and Leo Hoshi were arrested on January 28th 2013 and are still in custody at the Futaba Police station.  They are under arrest for “allegedly” breaking laws.  We believe that that they are being targeted and unjustly detained due to their animal rescue of Fukushima animals.  They have actively rescued, cared for, vetted and adopted out over 200 animals left to die inside the Nuclear Zone by the Government of Japan.” Source 2013

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/05/07/fukushima-exclusion-zone-a-short-story-about-cows-video/

 

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Fukushima News 3/22/14:Radiation High in Fukushima Reservoirs Outside Evacuation Zones

MissingSky101

Published on 22 Mar 2014

Radiation high in Fukushima reservoirs
State and local government officials say they have detected radioactive substances exceeding government safety limits in soil at the bottom of agricultural dams and reservoirs in Fukushima Prefecture.
The agriculture ministry and the Fukushima prefectural government found 8,000 becquerels or more per kilogram of radioactive substances in 568 out of the 1,940 dams and reservoirs they inspected between last June and December.
108 were in the evacuation zones around the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, and 460 were further away.
Officials detected 370,000 becquerels per kilogram in the soil of a reservoir 58 kilometers away from the plant.
It is the highest reading so far recorded outside the evacuation zones, and more than 46 times the government limit of 8,000 becquerels for radioactive waste.
The state government is obliged to dispose of radioactive waste beyond this limit.
Prefectural officials say rain may have carried radioactive substances into the waters from surrounding forests.
Water from the reservoir with the highest reading outside the evacuation zones is being used for rice paddies nearby. But officials say they have not found radiation levels exceeding food safety limits in locally-produced rice, probably because radioactive substances in the soil barely dissolve in water.
The head of an association of residents says officials have told them they will not be exposed to radiation as long as there is water in the reservoir.
But he says they fear radioactive levels may surge if it dries up. He is urging the state government to address the problem as soon as possible.

Fukushima residents wavering over radioactive wastes facilities:
Okuma Town is home to Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The town’s radiation levels are so high that much of it is designated as “no-entry zone”. The entire Koirino district is part of the proposed site for intermediate storage facilities. NHK asked the evacuees from this community whether they accepted this.

Fukushima Evacuee: 50% of class with nosebleeds at same time — Immune system problems reported by many families (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/fukushima-evacuee-…

Evacuee from Outside Fukushima: “There’s a black dust absolutely everywhere” that’s highly radioactive — Gov’t would not evacuate children because they’d have to certify it was safe to return, and they could not — “It’s an ongoing crisis” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/evacuee-very-highl…

Gundersen: Terrifying cancer data for Fukushima — “Statistics are astounding especially for young girls” — “Growing concern around cancer risk” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/gundersen-terrifyi…

3 Years after #Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Bags Used to Store Contaminated Soil Were Meant to Last 3 Years
http://ex-skf.blogspot.ca/2014/03/3-y…

More Fukushima radiation revelations: Amy Goodman
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/ind…

Contaminated water storage already 91% full / Could be overflowing by this coming June
http://beforeitsnews.com/japan-earthq…

UN Investigator urges Fukushima to broaden health testing
http://japandailypress.com/un-investi…

Japanese Ex-PM Naoto Kan says Fukushima disaster unresolved, criticizes Abe administration
http://japandailypress.com/japanese-e…

Fukushima disabled lose job after nuclear disaster, become famous through handicraft
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03…

State to feds: ‘We mean business’ at Hanford
http://www.king5.com/news/hanford/Ins…

Radioactive mouse hunt at Hanford
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnew…

New Mexico Waste Dump Disaster Could Poison Entire Region
http://americanfreepress.net/?p=16028

Vt Yankee violates protocol in bomb scare
http://www.timesargus.com/article/201…

Nuclear waste buildup relentless
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014…

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Fukushima Solutions World Conference Health Effects LIVE Online 3/23/14

MsMilkytheclown1

Published on 22 Mar 2014

Link to LIVE FUKUSHIMA SOLUTIONS WORLD CONFERENCE here: http://www.liveonlocation.tv/
Here’s the Schedule CST (Central Standard Time):
FUKUSHIMA SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE LIVE
University of Texas at Austin- Flawn Academic Center Room 21

March 22-23, 2014 http://www.liveonlocation.tv/

Presented by Liveonlocation .tv and GCN
all times are in CDT – Bookmark this page http://www.liveonlocation.tv/

PROGRAM- Day 2 — subject to change

FUKUSHIMA SOLUTIONS CONFERENCELIVE
University of Texas at Austin- Flawn Academic Center Room 21

March 22-23, 2014

Presented by Liveonlocation .tv and GCN

The total gross time set out and allocated to each speaker includes speech time, Q&A period and five minutes for introducing next speaker

Day 2 — March 23, 2014 — 9am — 7pm — This day will concentrate on Health issues

9:00am — 9:15am — Kallen Diggs — welcome to our in house audience and webcast audience

9:15am — 9:30 — Nick Virden YAL President Comments — Young Americans for Liberty

9:30am — 9:45am — Apsley and Yurth review previous day’s high lights — Katrine Volynsky introduces Yablokov and Nesternino

9:45am — 10:45am — Alexey V. Yablokov and Alexey V. Nesternino

10:45am — 11:45am — Katrine Volynsky

11:45am — 12:45 — Dr. John Apsley — Removing Inhaled & Ingested Radioactive Particles from the Body, Quenching the Damage, Regenerating the Damage, Prevention from Re-exposure.

Lunch Break — 12:45pm — 2:00pm — seek out your favorite restaurant

2:00pm — 3:00pm — Steve Hines

3:00pm — 3:45pm — Ben Fuchs

3:45pm — 4:30pm — Joe Mangano

4:30pm — 5:15pm — Helen Caldicott

5:15pm — 5:30pm — Break

5:30pm — 6:30pm — Panel Discussion — Health Issues — John Apsley, Ben Fuchs, Katrine Volynsky, Steve Hines and Helen Caldicott if present

6:30pm — 6:50 — Review of both days — free for all speakers only

6:50pm — 6:55pm — Closing Song “Light a Little Candle” an American and a Japanese singer Live — 8:am in Japan

6:55pm — 7:00pm — Nick Virden and George Butler thanks for coming — John Apsley and David Yurth Ben Fuchs and Katrine Volynsky with closing conference comments and any future announcements

Close of Conference
http://www.liveonlocation.tv/

Schedule – all items subject to change
Fukushima Solutions World Conference – all times are CDT
(All items subject to change)

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Ireland to trade wind energy from West Cork to back up French nuclear power failures/closures/shutdowns/accidents etc

http://www.southernstar.ie/News/To-trade-wind-energy-from-West-Cork-for-French-nuclear-power-20032014.htm

BY CATHERINE KETCH

22 March 2014

AN interconnector between the south coast of Ireland and the north-west coast of France will facilitate the exchange of West Cork’s wind-generated energy for France’s nuclear power.

 

The two national transmission system operators – EirGrid and RTE, its French counterpart – signed a memorandum of understanding last summer to commission further preliminary studies on the feasibility of building a 600km submarine electricity interconnector between the two countries. The capacity of the new interconnector would be 700MW or the equivalent of power for 450,000 households and the project, if it went ahead, would in place by 2025.

 

The operators conducted studies in early 2013, which indicated that the project could be beneficial to electricity customers in both countries EirGrid has said. The benefits, according to EirGrid, would be increased security of supply, downward price pressure on electricity prices through competition and the potential to export renewable energy.

 

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The spokesperson on the French side cited benefit from the varying wind resources of Ireland and the Continent as well as improving the electricity supply in the north-west part of France.

 

EirGrid carried out an economic feasibility report in 2009 highlighting the diversity between the two systems and the dominance of nuclear energy in France.

 

Further feasibility study is ongoing. The identification of feasible routes and landfall locations is expected to be completed early this year. Stage two for which a first round of tenders has been invited will involve a marine survey.

 

Last year EirGrid completed construction on the 500MW submarine East-West Interconnector between England and Wales.

 

Cork County Council’s draft development plan allows for the possible trebling of wind farms in West Cork and it is estimated that the region currently produces one fifth of the country’s wind energy.

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MDMK for closure of Kudankulam nuclear power plant

Updated: March 23, 2014

S. Vijay Kumar

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/mdmk-for-closure-of-kudankulam-nuclear-power-plant/article5819246.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

BJP will emerge as the single largest party, says Vaiko

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will take steps to close down the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tirunelveli district. In its election manifesto, released by party general secretary Vaiko here on Saturday, the party also promised to make the State free from nuclear power plants.

Mr. Vaiko said the Bharatiya Janata Party would emerge as the single largest party and be in a position to form the next government and its candidate Narendra Modi would become the Prime Minister even without the support of the 40 MPs in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Endorsing a ‘Modi wave’ across the country, he appealed to voters to support the National Democratic Alliance in the State as the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance had betrayed Tamils on various issues. “I appeal to the voters to support the BJP-led alliance if they want to save the State from corruption and liquor…we will erase the tears of the Eelam Tamils and protect the Tamil Nadu fishermen,” he said.

Mr. Vaiko demanded that 50 per cent of the tax collected from States be returned through the Planning Commission. His party would strive for achieving State autonomy which would only reinforce Centre-State relations and federalism.

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Tymoshenko says Ukraine could refuse of Russian gas and nuclear fuel

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/tymoshenko-says-ukraine-could-refuse-of-russian-gas-and-nuclear-fuel-340436.html

March 22, 2014, 4:52 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said that Ukraine could refuse of the Russian gas and nuclear fuel.

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Rosenergoatom: Crimea to develop traditional energy production, not nuclear generation

In his opinion, Crimea should focus on developing alternative energy generation using the power of wind and sun. “This was done in Soviet times too, and one of the first solar power stations was operated in Crimea,”

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/724928

MOSCOW, March 22, /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea needs to develop traditional energy production, not build a nuclear power plant, Pavel Ipatov, Deputy Director-General of the Rosenergoatom Company, told ITAR-TASS on Saturday, March 22.

“There are no ready projects for building nuclear power plants there and it would be premature to speak about that now. I would even say pointless,” he said.

Ipatov recalled that in Soviet times there had been a project to build two 1,000 MW nuclear units in Crimea. The first unit was almost 90 percent finished and things went so far that even nuclear fuel was brought in so that the reactor could start operating at in the early 1990s. “However, now this site is in such condition that it cannot be restored. We have gone far ahead from the technologies that existed in the 1960s when the station was designed… and sometimes it is much more economically justified to build a new project than restore an old one,” Ipatov said.

“The approaches and solutions used in modern projects are more progressive in terms of security and cost efficiency. Therefore there should be a very serious argument in order to consider building a nuclear power plant in Crimea today,” he said.

In his opinion, Crimea should focus on developing alternative energy generation using the power of wind and sun. “This was done in Soviet times too, and one of the first solar power stations was operated in Crimea,” he said and observed at the same time that the cost of such generation would be dozens of times higher than that of traditional forms, which makes “their commercial construction unlikely”.

Ipatov believes that traditional power plants will most likely be built instead. “We will see by the end of this year what kind of decisions will be made to improve power supply in Crimea,” he added.

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Pressure mounting over £16bn nuclear site for Hinkley Point

Ms Walley, who is the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, said in the letter, seen by The Independent, that “the Government was wrong to insist that Hinkley Point was not being subsidised”. She has pointed Mr Almunia to a critical committee report published in December to convince him that Hinkley Point should not go ahead under its current financing arrangement

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/pressure-mounting-over-16bn-nuclear-site-for-hinkley-point-9209175.html

 

Associate Business Editor

22 March 2014

The Government’s divisive plans for a new £16bn civil nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset have been dealt a double blow by the United Nations and a powerful group of MPs.

A UN environmental committee has warned that there is “profound suspicion” that the UK failed to properly consult neighbouring countries, including Norway and Spain, over the possible environmental impact that Hinkley Point C could have on them.

In a letter to the Department for Communities and Local Government, Vesna Kolar Planinsic, who chairs the UN’s implementation committee on the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, said that the UK’s only consultation efforts amounted to “informal exchanges” with Ireland and Austria. The department has been ordered to send a delegation to face the committee in December.

Separately, Joan Walley, who chairs Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, has written to the European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, to help an EU investigation into state aid for the two new reactors at Hinkley Point. This inquiry is considered the last big obstacle preventing the construction of a power station expected to meet around 7 per cent (enough to supply nearly 5 million homes) of the country’s energy needs from 2023.

The French energy giant EDF could only be persuaded to build the plant if a minimum price was guaranteed for the electricity generated from Hinkley C, thereby ensuring a return for shareholders worried about the enormous upfront construction costs. This minimum, known as the “strike price”, would be covered through increases in consumer bills.

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Cape Cod Activists ‘Guilty’ for Plymouth Nuclear Plant Protest – Use of ‘Necessity Defense’ Denied

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/22-0

Three years after Fukushima, and approximately one year after their acts of civil resistance, 12 Massachusetts residents were found guilty Friday in Plymouth (MA) District Court for illegally entering the grounds of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant located on the Cape Cod coast.

The activists admitted to entering the Plymouth facility, but using the ‘necessity defense,’ declared they were innocent of “trespassing” because they were trying to prevent a greater and imminent public danger from occuring.

Diana Turco, co-founder of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod residents who want the nuclear plant permanently shut down, was one of the 12 defendants.

“There are cancers caused by the nuclear power plant. There is no assurance of public safety in the evacuation plans. Those are huge issues,” Turco said. “The verdict doesn’t matter; the truth got out.”

The judge ruled the standards for the necessity defense were not met.

The 12 defendants were found guilty and each was sentenced to a day in jail, or time served.

Those defendants are: Bill Maurer, Diane Turco, Doug Long, Femke Rosenbaum, Janet Azarovitz, Joyce Johnson, Margaret Rice Moir, Mike Risch, Paul Rifkin, Sarah Thacher, and Susan Carpenter.

WBUR radio in Boston reports:

 

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New Mexico nuclear site – Withdrawal of temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults

http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-cancels-permit-expand-leaky-nuclear-waste-034936192–finance.html

By Laura Zuckerman

22 March 2014

(Reuters) – New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said.

Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area “waste isolation pilot project” (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after an accidental leak last month from the site which stores waste from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons production facilities.

State regulators were withdrawing the draft expansion permit to identify safety issues that may need to be addressed in the aftermath of that accident, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told a news conference on Friday afternoon.

“We need to proceed with caution (and) assess any additional risks posed to either workers or the public,” Flynn said.

The draft permit would have allowed disposal of machinery, clothing and other items tainted with radioisotopes, like plutonium in two additional storage vaults and it granted changes to the way chambers filled to capacity are sealed.

No workers were underground at the U.S. Energy Department’s site when air sensors half a mile below the surface triggered an alarm, indicating unsafe levels of radioactive particles.

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35 workers training to re-enter underground mine at troubled nuclear-waste dump

http://www.startribune.com/nation/251720411.html

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: March 22, 2014

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Employees at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are preparing to enter the facility’s underground mine for the first time since a radiation leak contaminated workers last month.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Saturday that 35 workers have undergone training simulations at a Potash mine before re-entry next week into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Employees went through a two-hour underground session using protective gear and air-breathing units, officials said.

Workers spent this week training for various scenarios that could occur in the mine.

According to the Department of Energy, the plan is for workers to set up an operating camp near a salt-handling shaft and then check for a secondary exit in the shaft that controls air flow. After that, they will focus on finding the source of the radiation release.

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