Work begins on temporary ventilation system at WIPP

Workers at WIPP have started installing a temporary ventilation system to increase airflow there.

The system includes two above-ground filter units and fans that connect to ductwork feeding WIPP’s underground portions.

The plant closed last year after a radiation release. That stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

All air exiting the underground now passes through filters.

Officials say more airflow allows more workers underground.