Senators Udall, Heinrich Statement on Response to Radiation Event at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement on the continuing response to the detection of higher than usual radiation levels at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M.

“The health and safety of the Carlsbad community and WIPP personnel are our top priorities. It is critical to ensure the public has access to accurate, timely information, and as the response to this event continues, we urge the Department of Energy to work with the community to address questions and concerns.

“We continue to be in close contact with officials at the Department of Energy and WIPP as they work to determine the source of the airborne radiation and continue their recovery efforts. We are pleased that experts from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories are expected to be among those assisting DOE, and we are confident their expertise will be a valuable addition.”