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Five Barrels Containing "Highly Acidic" Contents Now in Andrews at WCS Facility

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NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - New details have surfaced in the investigation into the radioactive waste leak in Carlsbad.

Investigators are now focusing on six barrels, one of which was the source of the leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

A chemical reaction, which scientists are attempting to recreate, caused its lid to crack which caused the radiation leak into the environment.

The other five barrels are stored at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews.

The New Mexico Environment Department says these barrels contain highly acidic contents.

If they get overheated, they could potentially be hazardous.

NewsWest 9 spoke with officials at waste control specialists.

Hear what they have to say coming up tonight on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m.

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