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No signs of radiation in water near nuke dump

Created: 04/13/2014 7:06 PM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) officials said Saturday that independent researchers found the samples had no trace amounts of radioactive particles.

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center says areas that did have traces have returned to the levels they were before the site's Feb. 14 radiation leak.

Officials say the results confirm what the WIPP's own monitoring program found.

The research center is associated with New Mexico State University.

Technicians there collected samples March 20 and March 28 from Brantley Lake, Lake Carlsbad and Red Bluff Lake.

The samples include shallow and deep water and sediment.

They say the sediment samples are still being processed.

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