– TV: “Imminent situation” at U.S. nuclear site — Emergency operations center evacuated due to fire deep underground — “One of most serious incidents” on record — Anonymous footage of thick black smoke coming from ground (VIDEO) (ENENews, Feb 6, 2014):
KOAT, Feb. 5, 2014: An imminent situation going on right now in Southern New Mexico at Carlsbad. Emergency response crews have activated an emergency plan at WIPP. Here’s what we know right now — shortly after 11am, WIPP’s emergency operations center was evacuated. They tell us an underground vehicle […] was on fire in the underground. […] KOAT Action News is working on getting every detail of this scary situation from Southern New Mexico. We’ll see you tonight. >> Watch the broadcast here
KOAT, Feb. 5, 2014: It’s the nation’s first repository for radioactive waste left behind from research and production of nuclear weapons […] Access to the site is being restricted. The cause of that fire remains under investigation. >> Watch the broadcast here
KOB, Feb. 5, 2014:
KOB anchor: An emergency today at WIPP […] A truck caught fire nearly half mile underground […]
KOB reporter: 6 workers were taken to this hospital in Carlsbad for smoke inhalation […] It was enough to shut down the plant for the rest of this week. […] WIPP spokesperson Roger Nelson says […] these situations can be very dangerous.
Roger Nelson, WIPP spokesman: “These are events that could potentially harm people, our workers as well as it gives us a bad reputation because we appear to have made a mistake. […] Inhalation is the primary hazard with radioactive materials of this nature.”
KOB reporter: Nelson says this is one of the most serious incidents since the plant opened in 1999 […]