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New reports show no detectable contamination at New Mexico plant

CARLSBAD, NM (KCBD) -

New details released about the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, NM report that no contamination levels have been detected. 

The leak was reported in February and, since then, waste scheduled to be disposed of at WIPP is now being temporarily stored at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County, TX.

The site is about two hours southwest of Lubbock.

Now, the U.S. Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office reports that new water and air sampling data, including rooftop runoff samples collected during a rain shower at the WIPP site on March 16, showed no detectable contamination levels. Air monitor results collected on March 25 from the fixed air monitoring stations near WIPP also showed no detectable levels of contamination.

According to regulators, this is consistent with previous results reported by an independent monitoring group from the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC).

For complete air and water sampling test results, you can visit:

http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/sampling_results.html

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