CARLSBAD – An investigation into the cause of a radiation leak at a nuclear waste repository could begin as soon as today, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco said that, weather permitting, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant may send probes underground to assess conditions for re-entry either today or over the weekend.
Workers have not gone underground since a Feb. 14 radiation leak at the site. WIPP houses low-level radioactive waste from the country’s nuclear weapons program in large, underground rooms excavated from salt mines.
“Until we get down there, it is just going to be hearsay,” Franco said.