Tag Archives: New Mexico

Federal mine safety inspectors cite WIPP for 52 workplace violations

Reuters reported yesterday: The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in June inspected the surface facilities at the sprawling (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) complex near Carlsbad and issued 52 citations, ranging from exposed electrical wiring to housekeeping matters, plant … Continue reading

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WIPP update: DOE report into underground fire finds safety flaws at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday morning: Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently … Continue reading

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WIPP update: Critic doubts accuracy of test results on exposed workers

A lot of news outlets are running stories today saying that the DOE has determined that none of the workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation in the February 14 incident. The Albuquerque … Continue reading

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Update to WIPP leak: Thirteen workers exposed to radiation

CNN reported this morning: Nearly two weeks after a radiation leak was reported at the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, New Mexico, 13 employees have been notified that preliminary test results show they were exposed to … Continue reading

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Airborne radiation leak closes Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for at least three weeks

Santa Fe NBC affiliate KOB reported last Thursday: The WIPP site near Carlsbad announced Thursday it will be shut down for at least the next three weeks because of a radiation leak. Officials said they’ve stopped the leak. Officials with … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Reactor shutdown, bad welds and overlooked Fitness for Duty tests

It’s Monday morning, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website has a slew of Event Reports from the weekend: 1. As I previously posted, Monticello nuclear in Minnesota developed a problem over the weekend. The reactor shut itself down automatically on … Continue reading

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