Workers discover ceiling damage at nuke repository

FILE - This May 10, 2014 photo provided by the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant shows waste stacks in a storage room with broken magnesium oxide bags and heat damage, seen as black streaks on the rim of the container at center, on top of a standard waste box at the WIPP site in Carlsbad, N.M.   New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. (AP Photo/Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, File)KRQE News 13

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department’s Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  

Access to the area where the ceiling collapsed has been restricted since November, and no plant personnel were present at the time of the fall.

Officials say the ceiling can be repaired.

The repository has been closed since last February, when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured and contaminated 22 workers and parts of the underground storage area.

2 thoughts on “Workers discover ceiling damage at nuke repository

  1. There’s no money for repairs or maintenance of infrastructure. Bridges, roads, dams, and train tracks don’t matter anymore because they’re running this country down the tubes anyway. All that matters now is the theft of our resource wealth.

    Everything has to go toward Israel’s war effort, because this nation right now only exists as an Israeli colony.

  2. exactly…. it’s like the “environmentalists” who ignore Fukushima, the gulf of Mexico’s poisoning, and the eradication of rain forests, but are convinced that my incandescent light bulbs will bring the world to an end.

    It’s all about the cash, and the “environmentalists” have proven themselves to be nothing more than corporate whores.

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