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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Carlsbad NM: Radiation Leaks UPDATES

UPDATES:  Carlsbad NM Radiation leak.

Further to  the articles I published in the past two weeks:

http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/02/radiation-leak-carlsbad-nm-nuclear.html

http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/02/us-tests-b61-atomic-bomb-fire-later.html




http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/20/radiation-detected-near-new-mexico-nuke-site/

http://phys.org/news/2014-02-mexico-nuke-site.html



*** URGENT *** PLUTONIUM DETECTED IN AIR NEAR NEW MEXICO NUKE WASTE SITE

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:47
February 19, 2014 -- (TRN) -- CARLSBAD, NM -- Radiation has been found in the air approximately half a mile northwest of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a federally-owned and operated nuclear waste repository approximately 26 miles east of Carlsbad.  Plutonium was detected and is in the air.


Tests by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, showed evidence of americium and plutonium on an air filter Wednesday afternoon at a sampling station off the WIPP Access Road.

Current-Argus file photo  This aerial photo shows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, 26 miles east of Carlsbad.
Current-Argus file photo This aerial photo shows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, 26 miles east of Carlsbad.



"The levels detected during this time period are higher than the normal background levels of radioactivity from transuranic elements commonly found at this sampling station. Their presence indicates a release of radioactive particles from the WIPP underground exhaust shaft  prior to the WIPP ventilation system shifting to the filtration mode," said Russell Hardy, the director for the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center in a press release.


Hardy said even though trace amounts of radiation were detected between Tuesday and Sunday, it's important to note that radiation levels have been "very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard."

What Hardy failed to point out is that inhaling one one-millionth of a gram of plutonium causes lung cancer.

TRN advises residents in the area to remain inside, with their windows closed. If you must go outside, we urge you to wear a NIOSH 99 certified filter mask and make certain you discard clothing directly into a washing machine then shower immediately upon returning home.

More details as they become available.  Check back often.

http://turnerradionetwork.com/news/304-mjt

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