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Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will conduct siren testing at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road.
“LANL has recently installed a portable siren at MDA B to alert site workers and the public to possible emergencies that may arise during the mitigation work taking place within the enclosure,” said Phil Taylor, Emergency Management Specialist for Los Alamos County. “We’d like to hear what the siren sounds like.”
When asked what sorts of emergencies might trigger the activation of the siren, Taylor explained that while the excavation work is being accomplished by highly skilled workers utilizing advanced equipment, and they’re performing the excavation in accordance with tightly-controlled, strict protocols, “nonetheless, we have to be prepared for any type of emergency response. This is an industrial site. These folks are removing things from a dumpsite that’s been buried for 60 years. That’s why the contractors have erected an enclosure equipped with a filtration system – to minimize risk to the public.”
Regarding the siren, Taylor wants the public to know that if, during the
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