UPDATED HERE: Officials: More may be affected by WIPP radiation release -- TV: They don’t know how serious it is or how it affects community; Could take months to fix leak -- CBS: Ceiling collapse or punctured canister suspected; Still in 'guinea pig' stage; EPA monitors requested in area (VIDEO)
KRQE, Feb. 27, 2014 at 7:44p ET: Disturbing new development in the WIPP radiation leak. Surprising words today that 13 workers at the WIPP near Carlsbad tested positive for radiation exposure after the leak almost 2 weeks ago. [...] No one knows yet how bad the situation is in that storage area […] DOE said 13 WIPP staff who were working above ground the day of the leak have tested positive for radiation. Officials said it is too early to know what that means for the workers’ health, but that people in contact with them are not at risk. Residents are still concerned. “I don’t think the people really know what’s going on at WIPP,” said Carlsbad resident, Robert Ortiz. [...] In a letter to the people of Eddy and Lea counties, DOE said the radiation that got into the air Valentine’s Day was likely at very low levels, no more risky than a chest X-ray. […] The next priority is testing the employees who worked the day after the leak.
KRQE, 7:39p ET: What went wrong and why — those are some of the questions swirling around a radioactive leak at a waste storage facility near Carlsbad that contaminated 13 people.
Eddy County Manager Rick Rudometkin: “Whenever you have a disaster of any kind, there are always issues. You always mitigate the disaster and you move forward.”
See also: US Official: Large amounts of radioactive particles were released during initial 'puff' event at leaking nuclear site -- Expert: Plutonium can travel 'a long way' in wind -- TV: "They’re saying we shouldn’t worry... yet; Yet is the key word" (VIDEOS)
Published: February 27th, 2014 at 8:30 pm ET
- Top Official: “Really concerned” over radiation release at US nuclear site; Feds “have put a noose around scientific personnel”… they refuse to reveal crucial information about WIPP disaster — Investigators becoming suspicious — Nuclear Expert: “It sure seems like there’s a cover-up” (AUDIO) September 6, 2014
- AP: Crews retreat after nuclear material found at WIPP — Officials: Correct to turn back, contamination was increasing — Robots brought to site for radiation levels too high for humans — ‘Significant amount of information’ will be revealed to public in next few days (VIDEOS) April 18, 2014
- 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 February 24, 2014
- TV: US Senators want federal agents near WIPP to check if safe; “A lot more people could have been hurt a lot worse” — Public “skeptical whole truth about environmental risks shared” — Report: “It will shut WIPP down for a year or more, and now everyone is talking about maybe WIPP is no good” (VIDEO) March 27, 2014
- Mexicans concerned, anxious about WIPP radiation release — City of 2.5 million nearly 200 miles away “within transnational evacuation zone in event of a nuclear disaster” — Local officials meeting with U.S. gov’t — Whistleblower: If plutonium released “surrounding population should take precautions” March 26, 2014