WIPP EOC Activated – Update

News Alert:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) issued two recent updates to this evening’s earlier notification that the Emergency Operations Center was activated.

At approximately 6 p.m. today, Radiological Control Technicians detected minute levels of radiation on the filter at Station B where air is exhausted from the WIPP underground.

As a precaution, WIPP personnel were directed to shelter in place. Radiological control technicians have NOT received any indication of a release underground. There is no indication of any kind of radiological release leaving the WIPP site.

The WIPP Emergency Operations Center was declared operational at 7:45 p.m. All WIPP personnel have been accounted for.

Underground personnel are staged at assembly area and accounted for. Radiation Control Technicians continue to conduct radiological surveys to validate no release has occurred.  As a precaution, notifications to local ranchers and industry personnel have been completed.

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