DOE blames management, safety and oversight for radiation release from WIPP

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A photo provided by the Department of Energy showing workers inside of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the first time since the radiation release on February 14th.
A photo provided by the Department of Energy showing workers inside of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the first time since the radiation release on February 14th.

Investigators from the Department of Energy previewed findings of an investigation of the leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Wednesday night and blamed the radiation release on poor management, ineffective safety and maintenance programs, and a lack of proper oversight.

Ted Wyka, chairman of the Department of Energy’s Accident Investigation Board said, “The bottom line is they failed to believe the initial indications of the release.”

The full investigative report will be released on Thursday.

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