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WIPP postpones manned re-entry

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant said it postponed plans for workers to re-enter the underground nuclear waste repository Tuesday due to missing gear.

A team was scheduled to make an initial entry into the underground, the first time since a radiation leak shut down the facility on Feb. 14. WIPP said delivery of a set of radiation monitors to be worn on workers’ lapels did not arrive on time.

In a statement, WIPP said the re-entry would be postponed until the monitors arrive but did not say when the shipment is expected.

Located outside Carlsbad, WIPP stores the low-level waste of the country’s nuclear defense program. The facility has been closed to shipments since two February incidents, a truck fire underground and a radiation leak.



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