PEARCE: PUBLIC SAFETY NOT AT RISK AT WIPP

Feb 5, 2014

Carlsbad, NM (February 5, 2014) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce  issued the following statement regarding an incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad today:

“Today, a single salt removal truck experienced a minor fire in an incident at WIPP, which was not connected to waste disposal operations.  WIPP’s activation of its Emergency Operation Center in a timely and effective procedural response is a testament to the professionalism of the site’s employees.

It is critically important to note that at no point did the fire threaten the waste disposed of at the WIPP, nor was the community or public ever at risk.  It is equally important to note that all employees are accounted for and safe.”