ShareThisN.M. Nuclear Waste Site Stays Closed After Radiation Leak Plugged 21 Feb 2014 A radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage site below the New Mexico desert has been plugged, but the facility will remain closed for at least the next three weeks, officials said late Thursday. The facility near Carlsbad was cleared last Friday when an underground air-monitoring alarm went off, indicating unsafe concentrations of radiation inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). "Any type of release outside of the facility or inside the facility is unacceptable and is disconcerting," said Ryan Flynn, an official at the New Mexico Environment Department. "From the state’s perspective, one event is far too many."
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