Radiation Leak Causes Truck Inspections

Investigators Searching for Radiation Leak Cause

On June 26th Officials have started investigating a mysterious radiation leak that has came from the Government’s underground nuclear waste dump. The investigators have now turned their focus onto the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s accident investigation team have been investigating the lab in Northeaster New Mexico for almost three weeks now.

Officials say that a canister that had been shipped from Los Alamos to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had burst in the min on February 14th. The burst contaminated twenty-two workers and shuttered the nations only permanent repository for waste from decades of building nuclear bombs. The Officials are now monitoring if hundred of other barrels from Los Alamos that are at the time being stored at the nuclear waste dump to see if they are also at risk of bursting.

There are at least nine teams investigating this dangerous accident. Once more information is gathered there is expected to be “administrative actions” and fines to be levied against the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Underground Truck Fire Sparks Radiation Leak Investigation

Initial probes by federal regulators into the leak and an underground truck fire six days earlier identified a host of management and safety shortcomings. Communications between Los Alamos and the contractor that packaged its waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have raised questions about oversight by the lab.

Since the waste was packed with cat litter to help absorb the moisture, they are now trying to determine if they should switch from “inorganic” to “organic” litter to help reduce a chemical reaction.

More than five hundred barrels were packed with the organic litter. More than half of those are already underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Some are in temporary storage. The ones they are most worried about exploding have been specially packed and under constant monitoring.

It’s unsure how long the plant will be shut down. The company is trying to get a permit for a new type of barrel for some of the waste to be shipped to the Wast Isolation Pilot Plant because none of those barrels have been tied to the leak.

Source: https://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/26/nuke-leak-probe-focuses-on-los-alamos-national-lab/