CO levels stop work at WIPP

The manager of WIPP has halted work because of poor air quality in parts of it.

Officials with the Nuclear Waste Partnership have announced a “safety pause.”

Instruments that workers carry have detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

Work remains stalled until a plan forms to ensure worker safety.

WIPP has remained closed for two years since an inappropriately packed drum of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory popped its lid and released radiation.

The to-do list to reopen it includes installing a temporary ventilation system.