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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant plans town hall on fan test results

Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear repository near Carlsbad announced a town hall meeting was scheduled for next week to provide a public report on the results of testing for a ventilation fan that could be contaminated with radiation.

Use of the fan was halted in 2014, after an accidental radiological release caused by a mispackaged drum which led to a three-year shutdown of WIPP’s primary operations: receiving shipments of low-level transuranic (TRU) nuclear waste and permanently disposing of it in the underground repository.

Restarting the fan was intended to increase airflow in the underground, which were limited following the 2014 incident due to radioactive contamination in parts of the facility.

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