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By BRANDON MESSICK

Daily Press Staff Writer

Susan Scott, communications manager for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, appeared before Artesia’s City Council Tuesday with Russell Hardy, director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), to brief the council on the status of the WIPP’s recovery.

The federal nuclear waste repository, located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, detected a small release of radiation last month. Although the WIPP and Department of Energy officials have stated the radiation was too small a dose to harm people or the environment, weekly updates have been given to address the issue and the progression of the WIPP’s containment. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.