Connecticut work safety advocates may have heard that more than a dozen workers recently tested positive for radiation after a leak exposed them to toxic particles at a New Mexico underground waste dump. The factory accident contaminated 13 employees and was the first of such incident to occur at the dump for plutonium-contaminated waste in its 15-year history. The site accepts waste from various federal nuclear sites, including from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
According to a news release, every employee at the plant at the time of the mid-February leak went through a radiation contamination check before they left the facility. In addition, samples were taken from workers in order to check if they had inhaled radioactive particles and thus been exposed that way. After the incident, officials took readings of the radiation levels in the air surrounding the plant but reassured area residents that although radiation was detected, the level was still too low to pose any health threat to the public.