"Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says"

"A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. The facility is a repository for defense-related nuclear waste.

The cites a degraded safety culture, lack of training and poor maintenance for the radioactive release."

Scott Neuman reports for NPR April 24, 2014.

Friday, April 25, 2014