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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cause of New MExico nuclear waste accident remains a mystery

During April 14 – 23, 2014, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recovery teams made multiple trips into the WIPP underground, eventually reaching Panel 7, Room 7, the suspected location of the radiological event near Calsbad, N.M. During these entries, teams took continuous radiological surveys and assessed the mine’s conditions. On April 23, a small discovery team entered Panel 7 and proceeded toward the columns of waste containers located in Room 7. The discovery team did not see any visible damage among the first few rows of containers. (U.S. Department of Energy/MCT)