13 WIPP employees test positive for radiation
26 February, 2014
CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - The Department of Energy announced Wednesday tests show 13 employees at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad were exposed to radiation.
There will be more testing to see if more people were exposed, and an investigation into how this happened in the first place.
The underground facility, which stores low-level contaminated waste from Los Alamos and other nuclear sites, is still closed.
No one knows yet how bad the situation is in that storage area, but the Department of Energy sent out a letter Wednesday to tell people in two counties what they do know so far.
DOE said 13 WIPP staff who were working above ground the day of the leak have tested positive for radiation.
Officials said it is too early to know what that means for the workers’ health, but that people in contact with them are not at risk.
Residents are still concerned.
“I don’t think the people really know what’s going on at WIPP,” said Carlsbad resident, Robert Ortiz. “WIPP has always been secretive.”
In a letter to the people of Eddy and Lea counties, DOE said the radiation that got into the air Valentine’s Day was likely at very low levels, no more risky than a chest X-ray.
Eddy County Manager Rick Rudometkin said he is confident DOE is handling it.
“Whenever you have a disaster of any kind, there are always issues. You always mitigate the disaster and you move forward,” Rudometkin said.
He focused instead on WIPP’s positive economic impact.
“I think it provides business. It provides jobs. It provides a future,” he said.
There has been talk about possibly expanding WIPP to take more dangerous material in the future, but the State Environment Secretary suggested last week this leak could have an impact on that.
“WIPP’s track record is something we consider in making any decisions about expanding its storage capacity or its mission for different streams of waste,” Ryan Flynn said.
The next priority is testing the employees who worked the day after the leak.
The DOE and the company that runs WIPP will update everyone on what is going on at the plant Thursday afternoon. KRQE will have a crew there.
Officials: Nuclear release from container(s) indicated at #WIPP site
“We never, ever thought this kind of an event would occur” — “Absolute seriousness of this can’t be overstated” — Resident: “I feel like they’re not telling us everything”
25 February, 2014
AP, Feb. 25, 2014: More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting [about] accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository. […] some left skeptical. [...] An initial analysis of samples from sensors inside and outside the plant indicate a container leaked. But officials say it is unclear what caused the release, and it will likely be weeks before teams can get underground.
Prep To Evacuate!! USAF Base Orders 1200 Radiation Suits in Albuquerque, NM
On Feb 20th, Kirkland Air Force base in Albuquerque New Mexico awarded a sole source contract to MRI corp of El Paso, Texas for 1,200 Particulate Radiation suits. A obvious purpose for this order is to prepare for another massive Plutonium release from DOE's WIPP plant outside Carlsbad New Mexico.
" the contractor shall provide 1200 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) single-use overgarments, hoods and footwear as indicated by size and part numbers below. Hoods and bootliners may be integrated into the suit design, but at a minimum must be designed to afford full protection to the wearer when worn as an ensemble. All part numbers used are Orex brand. Non-ventilated protective clothing shall protect the wearer against particulate radioactive contamination"
"300 each - Orex Ultra Coverall, Medium, Part Number: CSA3500-M
350 each - Orex Ultra Coverall, Large, Part Number CSA3500-L
300 each - Orex Ultra Coverall, Extra Large, Part number CSA3500-XL
150 each - Orex Ultra Coverall - Double X Large, Part Number CSA3500-XXL
100 each - Orex Ultra Coverall, Triple X Large, Part Number CSA3500-3X
1200 each - Orex Ultra Bootliners, XL, Part Number CS3516-XL
1200 each - Orex Ultra Hoods, Part Number CS3555"
As we stated in our previous post:
BUGOUT ALERT! CDC Preps MASSIVE Ventilator Order, References Radiological Event And Pandemic Influenza
One thing we know for sure, it would be wise risk mitigation to be able to IMMEDIATELY escape upwind of the WIPP site within a moments notice for anyone living within a 200 mile zone. This means having a P100 mask and items to sustain comfort immediately available and transportable (along with a plan to get out).
We expect that the DOE WIPP site should be tracking levels of Hydrogen, Methane, & VOC's from increased radiolysis occurring in the WIPP mine. But, this does not mean they will alert you. DOE denied the Plutonium release for DAYS.
Alternative media is just now reporting the size of the Plutonium release, we first quantified and reported the size of that Plutonium release over 1 week ago. People did not want to believe there was a massive release because ofNormalcy Bias, don't make that mistake again!
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Actinides Escape from NM's WIPP
25 Febraury, 2014
The Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a.k.a. WIPP, is a facility in southeastern New Mexico for storing high level transuranic waste that has been piling up since the 1940s, primarily from nuclear weapons production. In cavern "rooms" excavated in an ancient Permian salt bed more than 2,000 feet below the ground, the 16 square mile facility stores the long-lived defense actinide waste in stacked metal drums and lead-shielded casks. This waste includes Plutonium, Americium, and other nasty high-energy alpha and beta particle emitters.
The DOE also found through dose assessment modeline, which calculates potential radioactivity exposure to people, that humans have a potential of less than one millirem of exposure to radiation from the Feb. 14 leak. A person receives about 10 millirem from a chest X-ray procedure.