The US Department of Energy (DOE) will host a town hall meeting on March 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM (MT) at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center in Carlsbad, NM. Representatives from the DOE headquarters and from the Carlsbad Field Office will provide an information update on recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
There is a press conference scheduled after the town hall meeting at 7:30 PM. Press representatives may attend the town hall meeting but have been requested to hold their questions until the press conference. If reporters respect this request, it should allow other citizens and stakeholders a chance to get their questions answered.
There has not been much information released since the last press conference because it days to weeks to perform the required laboratory procedures for ultra sensitive measurements of radioactive contamination. According to the special event page set up at the WIPP web site, the latest sampling results were taken on February 18, more than two weeks ago.
Update: (posted March 6, 2014 at 03:24 EST) The Carlsbad Environmental Research and Monitoring Center (CEMRC) has posted the results of the analysis conducted on air monitoring filters located both before and after the high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that are the engineered safety features protecting the environment from detected atmospheric contamination inside the facility.
The results page includes a detailed table of results showing an exponential decrease in radioactive isotope concentrations until the measured levels reach relatively stable, very low concentrations. End Update.
Jim Conca (Forbes, March 5, 2014)