LAS VEGAS (AP) Officials are checking air quality, conducting ground testing and monitoring for other problems Monday following a fire at a radioactive waste disposal site in rural southern Nevada.
No injuries were reported after the fire, which began Sunday afternoon in an industrial area near Beatty, Nevada, about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Bud Marshall, southern Nevada regional supervisor for the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Authorities say it closed in 1992 after accepting low-level radioactive waste for 30 years, which typically can include tools, protective clothing, and parts and machinery from nuclear plants.
[...] the company said the blaze occurred at a nearby disposal area for low-level radioactive waste now controlled by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
[...] material does not include used nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants or waste from U.S. defense programs, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying group.