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No waste involved in WIPP fire

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WIPP spokesperson Roger Nelson speaks to the press Wednesday afternoon at a press conference in Carlsbad. Grace Miller - Daily Press
WIPP spokesperson Roger Nelson speaks to the press Wednesday afternoon at a press conference in Carlsbad.
Grace Miller – Daily Press

By GRACE MILLER

Daily Press Staff Writer

Shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad’s Emergency Operations Center was activated, and emergency response teams were dispatched to an operational emergency at the site. Almost one-half mile underground, a vehicle haulage truck caught fire, causing an evacuation where “several but less than 10” personnel were directly transported to the local hospital for potential smoke inhalation but were shortly cleared.

WIPP is a DOE cleanup effort and the nation’s first repository for the permanent disposal of defense-generated transuranic radioactive waste left from research and production of nuclear weapons. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

 

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