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Complicated case of a leaky radioactive dump in New Mexico
Complicated case of a leaky radioactive dump in New Mexico

The eruption in February of a 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste buried deep in a salt shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., has left the facility closed for months and raised questions about the Department of Energy's ability to keep tabs on the content of nuclear waste containers buried at the site. Some experts say that means the risk of additional eruptions is real. The incident this year wasn't without consequences--21 workers were exposed to low-level doses of radiation. What's the present level of risk? Here's what is known about the issue so far. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation’s only repository for certain...

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