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Ground fall at WIPP via The Albuquerque Journal

CARLSBAD — Worker safety at WIPP is at front and center after a collapsed portion of the ceiling was discovered earlier this week.
According to a letter sent to WIPP employees from Nuclear Waste Partnership president Phil Breidenbach on Friday, the ground fall occurred at the entrance to Panel 4, which has been sealed since 2010.

A U.S. Department of Energy spokesman said the ground fall was discovered on Sept. 27 during an inspection, but it is unknown when the collapse actually occurred.

The letter, provided by the Department of Energy, said the entrance to the area had been “prohibited” two weeks before the collapse due to concerns.

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