Albuquerque Journal, Feb. 24, 2014: New tests show elevated radiation near WIPP — New test results indicate “slightly elevated” levels of airborne radiation near a nuclear waste repository in southeast New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. [...] The DOE said the data show a potential dose of less than one millirem — a calculation of radioactivity exposure — at each of the sampling locations. [...] WIPP has been collecting numerous air and soil samples since a radiation alert was sounded on Feb. 14.
ABC News, Feb. 24, 2014: 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 [...] Last week, DOE officials confirmed the first-ever leak at the facility. It stores plutonium-contaminated waste [...] The results are consistent with the kinds of waste stored at the plant [...] Carlsbad’s mayor has scheduled a community meeting Monday evening.
U.S. Department of Energy Press Release, Feb 24, 2014: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today reported new environmental monitoring data [...] Results indicate slightly elevated levels of airborne radioactive concentrations, which are consistent with the waste disposed of at WIPP. The samples taken demonstrate these concentrations remain well below a level of public or environmental hazard. The samples were collected by WIPP radiological and environmental monitoring personnel February 17-18 [...] the release data showed a potential dose of less than one millirem at each of the environmental sampling locations. [...] WIPP is continuously monitoring the environment, and the latest air monitoring results ranged from 1.3 to 4.4 DPM [disintegrations per minute] based on preliminary analyses. [...] Numerous air, soil and water samples have been collected on and around the WIPP site since the radiological event on February 14 [...]
See also: Official: 4.4 mil disintegration of alpha radiation detected at leaking U.S. nuclear site, includes Plutonium; Highest recorded level -- Santa Fe Briefing: "Serious incident involving radiation at the WIPP site" -- Gov't "reaching out to employees who are worried" about exposure
Published: February 24th, 2014 at 6:40 pm ET