PEARCE: WIPP TO BE COMMENDED FOR CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS RESPONSE

Feb 15, 2014

Carlsbad, NM (February 15, 2014) Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after continuous air monitors at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) detected higher than usual radiation readings:

"WIPP has acted quickly and cautiously to ensure the safety of personnel and the local community,” said Pearce. “Air systems have begun to automatically ventilate all air traveling to the surface, and employees on site are being sheltered in place as a precaution. It is important to note that no personnel contamination has been reported. My office remains in close contact with officials at WIPP. Full analysis of the readings is expected be available tomorrow."