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More radiation detected near New Mexico nuke site


More airborne radiation has been detected in southeastern New Mexico from a leak at the nation’s first underground nuclear waste dump.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday the results are from samples collected last week at numerous air monitoring stations at and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

Last week, DOE officials confirmed the first-ever leak at the facility. It stores plutonium-contaminated waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other government nuclear sites.

The results are consistent with the kinds of waste stored at the plant, but officials say there’s no public health threat.

Carlsbad’s mayor has scheduled a community meeting Monday evening.

Waste shipments to the site were halted earlier this month after a truck caught fire underground. Officials say they don’t think the incidents are related.

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7 Comments on "More radiation detected near New Mexico nuke site"

  1. Dave Thompson on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 4:38 pm 

    “No public health threat” My understanding is that there are no safe levels of radiation exposure.

  2. keith on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 4:53 pm 

    Remember 9/11. The EPA said the air was safe to breath during those first few weeks, months. Remember they lied because the like was blatantly erroneous. Anyone with a half a brain questioned it. You could see the particles int he air, you could see the abestos. Radiation you can’t see, can’t taste, can’t smell. It will be denied till proven differently, will take years.

  3. keith on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 4:53 pm 

    like = lie

  4. ghung on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 4:59 pm 

    The right question is; how do they stop it?

  5. ghung on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 5:15 pm 

    “An initial analysis of samples from sensors inside and outside the plant indicate a container leaked. But officials say it is unclear what caused the release, and it will likely be weeks before teams can get underground.”

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    What kind of container? From Wikipedia:

    “Ceiling collapse is one theory of the cause of the leak.[15]Regarding the elevated levels of plutonium and americium detected outside the nuclear waste repository, Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Environment Secretary stated during a news conference, “Events like this simply should never occur. From the state’s perspective, one event is far too many.”[16]….

    ….Following the interment of waste in the facility, the storage caverns will be collapsed and sealed with 13 layers of concrete and soil. Salt will then seep into and fill the various fissures and cracks surrounding the casks of waste. After approximately 75 years, the waste will be completely isolated from the environment.[1”

    So, a facility deigned to safely intern nuclear waste for 10,000 years by collapsing it in upon itself is leaking waste after 15 years due to a possible ceiling collapse. Got it.

  6. Kenz300 on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 7:52 pm 

    Nuclear — too dangerous and too costly……

  7. Aire on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 8:28 pm 

    Being from and living in New Mexico does bring concern. Growing up I always heard this place is the safest place to have this stuff and that it’s surrounded by a bunch salt.. it’ll never get out. Also, knowing how NM construction is it’s no wonder the ceiling collapsed … things are always falling apart. I think this is the same for a bunch of our infrastructure.

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