Officials: Nuclear release from container(s) indicated at #WIPP site — “We never, ever thought this kind of an event would occur” — “Absolute seriousness of this can’t be overstated” — Resident: “I feel like they’re not telling us everything” (VIDEO)

Published: February 25th, 2014 at 4:54 pm ET
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AP, Feb. 25, 2014: More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting [about] accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository. […] some left skeptical. [...] 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.

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Feb. 24, 2014: [...] Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco appealed to the audience by letting them know they shared in the worries about the radiation leak. [...] Franco told the audience [...] that his take on the situation was that it is “very serious” and “unfortunate, but it is what it is.”

Dale Janway, Carlsbad Mayor, Feb. 24, 2014 (at 10:30 in): “The absolute seriousness of this issue cannot be overstated.”

Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership that runs the plant, Feb. 24, 2014 (at 32:00 in): ” I’m actually getting a lot of very good help […] We have at least 20 to 25 individuals already on site helping us through this recovery process to join our expert team that we have here to help supplement what we have on site already.”

John Heaton, Mayor’s Nuclear Task Force Chairman, Feb. 24, 2014 (at 1:55:30 in): “From the very beginning we never, ever thought that this kind of an event would occur.”

Anna Hovrud, Resident Feb. 24, 2014: “I’m just a mom and my first reaction was to start praying. … Basically I am not understanding about two-thirds of what has been said here. Is there a chance we could be exposed to radiation, that we are being poisoned somehow, while we are waiting for these samples?”

Leah Hunt, Resident, Feb. 24, 2014: “I feel like they are not telling us everything.”

Watch the 2-hour meeting here

Published: February 25th, 2014 at 4:54 pm ET
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