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Scientists Identify Two Potentially Explosive Containers of Nuclear Waste Being Stored in Andrews County

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NewsWest 9

ANDREWS COUNTY - Scientists have identified two potentially explosive containers of nuclear waste being stored in Andrews County.

New Mexico’s Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says the waste is from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is being temporarily stored at the Waste Control Specialists site in Andrews.

Scientists also identified three other containers at Los Alamos laboratory.

Scientists say it is from the same waste stream found in a drum that leaked radiation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

Those scientists have not been able to replicate the chemical event believed to have caused a drum to breach in February.

When the waste isolation pilot plant shut down from the radiation leak, some of Los Alamos’s waste was sent to be temporarily stored in Andrews.

The secretary says the public should be concerned, but not worried as proper precautions are being taken.

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