Mark Whitney underground at WIPP

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Mark Whitney, the Department of Energy’s acting assistant secretary for environmental managment (and former cleanup chief at Oak Ridge), was at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Thursday and took a look-see deep underground where some of the recent problems — a truck fire and release of radioactive materials — occurred. (DOE photographs)

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