People who live near the nation’s only underground nuclear waste dump are demanding the government give them more information about a radiation leak.
More than 2,000 people are expected in Phoenix for a conference on managing nuclear waste.
Biological samples show employees at the nation’s underground nuclear waste dump were exposed during a radiation leak.
Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.
Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened.
Officials say testing shows no danger to people or the environment.
A truck fire Wednesday forced workers to evacuate the southeastern New Mexico site where the federal government seals away its low-grade nuclear waste, including plutonium-contaminated clothing and tools.
The fight over bringing radioactive uranium waste to Nevada has moved to Capitol Hill.
Nevada’s governor is telling the federal government the state doesn’t want highly radioactive waste of the type that could be used to build a “dirty bomb” buried in a shallow pit at the former national nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.
The Department of Energy hopes to identify a permanent location by the year 2026, and have the burial site open in 2048.