WIPP Nuclear Site Closer But Cause Of Incident Still Unknown
Our research team has been following the events at WIPP since the February 14th incident at the facility. Some very slow progress has been made in the last three months in trying to understand what happened.
They have determined that it was not a cave in at the underground storage portion of the facility. The search team has made it into the panel 7, room 7 area and confirmed this to be the location where the radiation leak happened. They are trying to now determine what containers may have leaked. Once located they could do more inspection to try to determine a cause.
All containers have a bar code identifier that could help look up the contents of the container once the failed ones are located. They have a robot on site to help if needed. In part of the visual inspection of room 7 they confirmed that a number of the magnesium oxide bags have failed. These are poly bags filled with magnesium oxide then placed on top and around waste containers. The substance absorbs C02 given off by the waste and acts as an “interting” agent. We will discuss these bags further in additional updates next week. The situation of failed magnesium oxide bags is not the normal or expected condition.
DOE has said the continuing work will be to identify the containers that leaked and did not give a time frame on how long this could take. We will have additional information from our research on WIPP in upcoming installments over the next few weeks.
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