CARLSBAD – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has implemented a “safety pause” after officials noticed a gash in one of the drums of transuranic waste being placed at the underground repository, but no radioactive leaks have been detected.
“We don’t consider it to be a problem with respect to release or any exposure,” said Roger Nelson, chief scientist with the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office. “The fact that it occurred caused us pause, and we want to make sure we understand all of the elements to make sure our work force realizes the potential severity.”