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Managers come clean on ceiling collapse at nuke waste dump

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The Associated Press
November 16, 2018 09:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Managers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico have acknowledged there was waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility's ceiling collapsed earlier this week.

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The acknowledgment came Friday, a day after the U.S. Energy Department announced there had been a rock fall at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The agency initially said there was no waste in the area, but watchdogs voiced concerns.

The radioactive waste included two containers encapsulated in holes bored into the salt formation that makes up the walls and ceilings of the repository and its disposal rooms. There also were pieces of equipment in the room where the collapse happened that were contaminated by a 2014 radiation release.

Wednesday's collapse prompted an evacuation, but officials said work resumed Friday following an inspection.

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