CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Employees evacuated the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository after a reported rock fall at the southern New Mexico plant.
Employees working in the area of Panel 7 reported a loud noise about 2:20 p.m. and saw salt dust indicating a possible rock fall.
The employees reported the incident to the Central Monitoring Room, which ordered an evacuation as a precaution.
A team of mine rescue, geotechnical and radiological control personnel are developing a plan to re-enter the underground repository Friday to determine the exact location and extent of the rock fall.
The plant has been closed since February 2014 due to a radiation release.