Spilled Liquid Waste Discovered During Nuclear Cleanup

Radioactive liquid found in shipping container.

Officials confirmed earlier this week that a portion of a governmental waste repository was evacuated over the weekend. Workers at the New Mexico nuclear waste facility discovered some radioactive liquid inside a shipping container resting in the repository’s container processing bay. Investigators are still determining the source of the liquid, but there appeared to be no sign of contamination, either airborne or on the worker’s hands and feet.

“We have written processes and protocols in place for this type of situation and all protocols were followed,” assured Bobby St. John, a spokesperson for the contractor that manages the repository for the federal government. “Additionally, the (contact-handled waste) bay is designed to contain radiological contaminants in order to protect the workforce, surrounding ecology, and the local community.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For safety for workers transporting and dealing with hazardous waste.
  • For Secretary Granholm and energy officials as they seek to ensure protection from radioactive material.
  • With thanksgiving for the apparent lack of harm from the leak.

Sources: AP, LA Times


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