Skip to comments.WIPP leaks ‘should never occur’ (NM nuclear disposal site)
Posted on 02/21/2014 12:58:40 PM PST by CedarDave
One event is far too many.
Thats how New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn characterized last weeks radiation leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Although deemed not harmful to human health, the elevated levels of plutonium and americium detected outside the nuclear waste depository has prompted an investigation.
U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco said it could take three weeks to get investigators underground to uncover the source of the Feb. 14 leak the first time radiation has escaped the facility in its 15 years of operation, he said.
Franco said WIPP is working on a comprehensive plan to re-enter the underground. An Accident Investigation Board is handling the inquiry, according to a WIPP spokeswoman.
Flynn said the state Environment Departments primary concern is to assure there are absolutely no threats to public health.
Its the second safety breach at WIPP in less than a month, after a truck used for hauling salt from mines caught fire underground and prompted an emergency response in early February. No one was hurt.
The issues have thrown into question proposals to expand WIPPs available underground storage space as well as the type of nuclear waste it handles.
WIPPs underground chambers currently house some 3.2 million cubic feet of whats known as transuranic waste, contaminated leftovers from the countrys nuclear defense activities. The waste, stored in sealed containers, is stacked in underground rooms the size of football fields that have been hollowed out of salt beds about half a mile beneath the surface.
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One speculation is that part of the salt roof collapsed damaging and opening one or more drums containing the waste. Underground readings have declined indicating what occurred has ceased.
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But, but, our gubmit designed and approved the site.
It is undoubtedly run by top (that’s TOP) level gubmit civil “servants”.
Nothing can go wrong....go wrong.....go wrong.