Cat Litter Caused $240 Million Radiation Leak in New Mexico

March 29, 2015 8:50 PM

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Cat Litter Caused $240 Million Radiation Leak in New Mexico

Last February, a radiation accident occurred at the Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. A drum containing radioisotopes like plutonium was improperly packaged at the Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe and ruptured, causing a leak.

The incident exposed 22 workers to radiation levels "not expected to threaten their health," according to the contractor that operates the plant. In September, Energy Department officials estimated the cost of the initial recovery of the dump at $240,000,000 and said it might be two or more years be...

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