Alert at nuclear waste facility caused by false reading

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 at 1:45 AM CDT|Updated: Feb. 3, 2016 at 9:20 PM CST
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CARLSBAD, NM (KCBD) - Regulators say a scare at the nuclear waste holding facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico was caused by a false reading.

Authorities activated the Emergency Operations Center at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant around 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.

That's after technicians discovered small levels of radiation in an underground exhaust filter.

Now, they've determined that a calculation error caused that alert, and they say no radiation leak occurred.

You'll remember a fire and leak in February of last year caused the facility to shut down.

Right now, waste scheduled to be stored there is being temporarily held at a site in Andrews County, about two hours southwest of Lubbock.

Regulators had hoped to open the WIPP facility in March of next year, but last week they announced that would be delayed.

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