WIPP underground evacuated after ‘misaligned’ drum of nuclear waste discovered. Nuclear waste handlers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were evacuated from the underground repository, Thursday after a drum of waste was discovered to be misaligned in a waste package. The drum was noticed during routine waste handling operations, that see workers emplace drums of low-level, non-defense-related transuranic nuclear waste for permanent disposal in an underground salt formation. In accordance with operational protocol, the discovery activated WIPP’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), as emergency personnel worked to determine if a threat was posed to the facility or worker safety.
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