Posted: Jun 10, 2014 4:02 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2014 4:03 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says scientists investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers in West Texas.
Flynn told a legislative panel on Tuesday that scientists investigating the Feb. 14 leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been unable to replicate the chemical event believed to have caused a drum to breach. But he says they have found five other barrels from the same waste stream from Los Alamos National Laboratory and are narrowing their focus on those because of their very high acidic content.
Initially, three of those drums were thought to be at Los Alamos. But Flynn's office late Tuesday says all five are being stored at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas. Flynn says the public should be concerned but not worried because proper precautions are being taken.