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Warning: New Mexico Nuclear Power Plant Leaking Radiation (Video)

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By Josey Wales

Since Obama was re-elected there seems to be a string of disasters unlike anything ever seen in this nations history. From the engineered gulf oil spill to the chemical spill in West Virginia and everything in between. Order out of Chaos continues.

 New Mexico officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

“I’m just a mom,” said Anna Hovrud, “and my first reaction was to start praying. … Basically I am not understanding about two-thirds of what has been said here. Is there a chance we could be exposed to radiation, that we are being poisoned somehow, while we are waiting for these samples?”

Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad office, told Hovrud “there is no risk from this event that would be a hazard to you or your children.”

Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership that runs the plant, told Hovrud his family also lives in the community. And he said he has been to the site repeatedly in the past week — without protective gear — to gather readings “because I know it is safe.”

The elevated amounts of radiation that have been detected in and around the plant offer no more risk than a dental X-ray or an airline flight, officials said.

Still, some left skeptical.

“I feel like they are not telling us everything,” said Leah Hunt.

Police were briefly brought to the doors after a man who identified himself as Martin Mills, a mayoral candidate, repeatedly and heatedly interrupted officials as they tried to respond.

“This is like poor management,” Mills insisted. “How can this facility be leaking? … It should not be releasing at all.”

Many others, however, said they are confident in the plant’s safety record and safety systems.

“I’m not leaving with any worries,” said Wanda Durham. “I’m not moving.”

After 15 years of operating with a stellar record, a truck that officials said was hauling salt in the facility’s underground chambers caught fire Feb. 5, shuttering the plant and halting all waste shipments. Nine days later, a radiation alert activated in the area where newly arrived waste was being stored.

Officials said they’re confident that the incidents are unrelated.

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.

WIPP is the nation’s first underground nuclear repository and the only facility in the country that can store plutonium-contaminated clothing and tools from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal nuclear sites.

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    • Country Codger

      The title is wrong Josey. It should be Pilot Plant not Power Plant. WIPP does not produce power, in fact it doesn’t produce anything until now. Now it is producing fear and contamination.
      Good luck and God bless.

    • Gooey911

      “The elevated amounts of radiation that have been detected in and around the plant offer no more risk than a dental X-ray or an airline flight, officials said.”

      I cannot help but wonder, how many people go to the dentist’s office and get a continuous x-ray that lasts for multiple days straight?

      • Dustdevil

        And, once again, it’s easier to scare everyone than teach anyone.

        In a 5-day air filter panel, the radiation contained ON THAT FILTER was approximately 1/10th the amount of radiation exposure as one person would get from an x-ray.

        That said, this means you stood outside, day and night, for 5-days, just like that panel did, and became bombarded constantly. In other words, it would take 50-days, outside, right beside that panel, to equal the intake equivalent to one chest x-ray.

        Now, do you stand outside all day, every day (and night)? No. In reality, to get that level of exposure, you would actually take 1-3 YEARS of time. This is a low-dose (but above background level) event. JUST LIKE THE DOE SAID.

        Then again, as chicken little would say, “OMG, THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING’

        Hey, don’t you have a Fukushima event to scare people over? It is spewing THOUSANDS of BECQUERELS of gamma daily. It really is a problem, why don’t you do something about that?

    • dufus

      All you see in the news is possible pipeline failure[XL pipeline] and very little news about the far more damaging nuclear leaks almost daily now. Oil can be cleaned-up. Radiation , another story.

    • Lankdiggity

      I just drove by there today. I was wondering why there were so many helicopters, FEMA trucks, and all those asian looking soilders with the funny blue hats everywhere. I wonder why they lame stream media isn’t reporting this or all the radiation coming over here from Fukashuma. I’m packing my stuff tonight and heading out. I’ll load up my truck and ya’ll can have the rest. I’m living in the apartments behind the Holiday Inn. I’ll leave the door open and lights on for ya.

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