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WIPP facility sees second release of radioactive particles
The New Mexico desert has suffered two releases of radioactivity since the beginning of 2014 despite continued efforts by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center and the Department of Energy.
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TULSA, Okla. - The outskirts of Carlsbad, N.M. have seen yet another nuclear incident.

Radioactive particles released March 11 from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s ventilation exhaust were detected the same day by air sampling equipment set up by Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center.

The organization has been monitoring the plant since the February 14, sampling and documenting both the internal and external air quality of the WIPP facility.

A week prior to the incident the CEMRC indicated a decline in the amount of radiation being detected at the time via a press release, calling it a “moderate amount”.

These current findings revealed by the Department of Energy indicate 60 DPM of Americium being released into the environment as a result of the March 11 occurrence.

This makes for two incidences of radioactive particle release from the WIPP facility since 2014 began. The plant closed its doors after the release of radioactive particles which hospitalized 17 plant workers on February 14, 2014. It has yet to reopen.

Red Dirt Report will continue to monitor this story.

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