Radiation Leak At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Repository

15 Feb


“CARLSBAD — A possible radiation leak is being reported at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. 

Department of Energy officials said that air monitors late Friday night detected airborne radiation in the underground. Officials are on site to assess the situation and determine the next reasonable steps according to a news release.

WIPP, located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, is the nation’s first transuranic nuclear waste repository, used to permanently dispose of low-level nuclear waste from government sites around the nation.”

A week or so back a salt truck caught fire down there underground. I commented on Topix that since most people seem to get through their lives without absentmindedly setting their vehicles on fire, this seemed unduly careless. I was promptly informed that actually trucks around here catch fire all the time, it’s just not reported much, and that my response to this event constituted “hysteria.”

I can imagine what they will have to say about this latest news. “Oh, it’s just a POSSIBLE leak. That radiation could be entirely unrelated to all that nuclear waste. And in any case, it’s just a SMALL leak.”

Good work, guys! For the first time since I’ve been here, I’m thinking some of those wretched spring westerly winds would come in handy right about now, WIPP being directly east of town.

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