Workers Install Filtration Gear at New Mexico Nuclear-Leak Site

Global Security Newswire Staff
June 23, 2014, 10:10 a.m.

Work­ers switched out equip­ment reg­u­lat­ing air cur­rents in a fa­cil­ity where ra­dio­act­ive particles es­caped in Feb­ru­ary, the Carls­bad Cur­rent-Ar­gus re­ports.

The En­ergy De­part­ment said the move af­fected fil­tra­tion gear in one of two sys­tems in­ten­ded to help en­sure safety at the Waste Isol­a­tion Pi­lot Plant in New Mex­ico, the news­pa­per re­por­ted on Sat­urday. A Feb­ru­ary ra­di­ation re­lease spread con­tam­in­ants to 22 work­ers and forced per­son­nel to va­cate un­der­ground por­tions of the com­plex. The cause re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion.

“No one is more eager than we are to de­term­ine what happened and re­turn to nor­mal op­er­a­tions,” said Joe Franco, who heads the En­ergy De­part­ment’s of­fice in the nearby town of Carls­bad.

“However, in­vest­ig­a­tions by their very nature are dif­fi­cult to place on a sched­ule. We are com­mit­ted to shar­ing our find­ings, but we al­ways want to veri­fy that the in­form­a­tion is com­plete and sci­en­tific­ally ac­cur­ate be­fore post­ing it on the web­site,” he ad­ded in a pub­lic state­ment.