The radio scanner was in full tilt Monday afternoon as the Los Alamos National Laboratory emergency management team responded to a call at the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building.
According to lab spokesman Kevin Roark, emergency crews responded at 3:20 p.m. to an incident in which an employee carrying a ladder hit a pipe inside the building. The pipe burst and water poured out.
“We checked for radioactivity and we checked all the people. The water was non-detect for radiation or hazardous material,” Roark said.
Roark said it was either just water or sanitary waste.”
Roark said that lab personnel always proceed as if it was a worst-case scenario.
“Our people are extremely well trained and they follow certain processes,” Roark said. “And they followed those procedures perfectly.”
Roark said an all-clear was in effect by the early evening.
According to the lab website, the CMR facility totals 550,000 square feet, including an administrative wing, an office wing, six laboratory wings, and one area that includes hot cells that provide heavy shielding and remote-handling capabilities for work on highly radioactive materials. Three laboratory wings are in various stages of shutdown.