NM Military Waste Site: Radiological activity noted

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Reuters is reporting abnormal radiological activity at a military nuclear waste site in New Mexico. The event apparently occurred on Saturday.

There is no unusual gamma radiological activity noted by the EPA at their Carlsbad, NM monitoring station. The EPA will be conducting tests for alpha and beta particles.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/16/us-radiation-leak-newmexico-idUSBREA1F06Y20140216
 

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Ryan said:
Alpha particles cannot penetrate the skin. Beta particles can but only at very close contact. They are more dangerous if ingested or inhaled.

My understanding about Beta particles is they can be stopped by a simple layer of clothing.
 

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It's all still very preliminary, but they are saying that some of the workers were exposed. Now, "exposed" in this context can mean anything from a single electron to who knows, so don't read anything into it.

More tests are being done.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NUKE_REPOSITORY_RADIATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-26-19-25-18
 
Four more workers test positive for radiation from New Mexico site
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/11/us-usa-newmexico-radiation-idUSBREA2A07F20140311
 
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