Tue, 25 November 2014
Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Patrick Malone talks about his investigation into the problems that led to the rupture of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM
Earlier this year, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM– was shut down after a chemical reaction caused one of the barrels to rupture, exposing dozens of employees at the nation’s only underground waste repository to radiation contamination.
Santa Fe New Mexican Journalist Stacy Matlock revealed earlier this month that the cause of the chemical reaction may have been due to the use of organic kitty litter as an absorbent. This past weekend, reporter Patrick Malone took that investigation one step further revealing that the lab may have known of the volatile chemical combination and sent the barrels to be stored at WIPP nonetheless. We spoke with Malone about the investigation and his findings.