Officials confirm, 'no basis' for Carlsbad evacuation rumors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Officials confirm, 'no basis' for Carlsbad evacuation rumors

Maps like these are circulating online, but officials say these reports are false. Maps like these are circulating online, but officials say these reports are false.
CARLSBAD, NM (KCBD) -

Online articles claiming people should prepare to evacuate a hundred miles around Carlsbad due to a radiation leak are generating some concern, but officials monitoring the situation say the reports are false.

The articles claim it's due to the leak at an underground nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad that we first told you about last month.

But the director for environmental radiation studies at Texas Tech told us that people are not in danger from the leak.

Our NBC affiliate in Midland spoke with the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center.

Director Russell Hardy told them, "People are taking information and they're just blowing it out of proportion."

An official statement from the nuclear facility says there is no basis for the rumors, saying continued monitoring has shown no health concerns:

"There is absolutely no basis for these rumors. Monitoring conducted by Nuclear Waste Partnership of air, soil, water and vegetation are showing no radiation releases that would approach levels causing health concerns. Independent monitoring by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center has reached similar conclusions."

Carlsbad residents will be updated on Thursday during a regularly scheduled town hall meeting.

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