Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak

A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday. The glove is the latest clue in the mysterious accident in February at the Waste Isolation Plant near Carlsbad, where drums of radioactive debris from federal nuclear weapons sites and laboratories such as Los Alamos are entombed in salt caverns 2,100 feet (640 meters) underground. The mishap at the U.S. Energy Department facility exposed 22 workers to low levels of radiation.

— source reuters.com Fri Jul 25, 2014


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