by Zack Ponce, Carlsbad Current-Argus
Department of Energy Officials said that all non-essential personnel were allowed to return home Saturday evening after radioactive tests resulted in the employees testing negative for contamination.
No timetable has been set for underground re-entry and officials believe Saturday’s incident is not connected to the fire that broke out on a vehicle that hauled salt in the underground north mine less than two weeks ago.
“We don’t believe there is a connection between the earlier salt haul truck event and this event,” said Roger Nelson, DOE spokesman. “They are obviously in different portions of the underground.
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