Radiation alarm at New Mexico nuclear disposal plant spurs air shutoff

Story highlights

  • Higher levels of airborne radiation trip alarm, shutoff of filtered air
  • The late-night alarm occurred with few people around; no injuries reported
  • Department of Energy awaits test results on whether there was a radiation leak
An alarm late Friday night indicating higher than usual levels of airborne radiation led to a first-of-its-kind response at a nuclear disposal facility outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico, an Energy Department spokesman told CNN.
An air monitor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant detected the spike in an isolated are