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Massive Wildfires Threaten to Ignite 30000 Barrels of Plutonium Waste at New Mexico Nuclear Weapons Facility, EPA on Radiation Alert

Friday, 01 July 2011 08:51

‘Threats of radioactive disaster from what is shaping up to be the largest wildfire in the state’s history are escalating, as heavy winds and plenty of dry brush have fueled flames to within 50 feet of New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), home of the first atomic bomb.

Crews claim there are currently no fires burning on the lab’s 36 square mile property, but the entire town of Los Alamos, population 11,000, has been evacuated, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now on radiation alert in the area.

As of Sunday, the massive wildfire had already burned up nearly 145 square miles of land across New Mexico, or 92,735 acres, which is just a few hundred acres short of the massive Dry Lakes fire that swept Gila National Forest in 2003.’

Read more: Massive Wildfires Threaten to Ignite 30000 Barrels of Plutonium Waste at New Mexico Nuclear Weapons Facility, EPA on Radiation Alert

 

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