The Watchers – Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was evacuated on November 3 after a rockfall outside of the closed southern section. This is reportedly the fourth collapse this year and the first since early October.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), workers in the area of Panel 7 heard a loud noise and observed salt dust indicating a possible rock fall about 14:20 local time. When the indications of the fall were reported, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire facility. . .
Carlsbad Current-Argus – WIPP confirms rock fall, work resumes
” . . . A team of geotechnical and radiological control personnel, a representative from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the mine rescue team reentered the underground on Friday morning.
They discovered a “significant” portion of the ceiling in Room 4 of Panel 7 had fallen, a news release said.
Although workers were nearby, entry to Room 4 had been prohibited more than a month ago due to accelerated salt movement prior to the rock fall . . .”
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