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Simulated radiological incident to occur next week

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Local, state and federal agencies will stage a simulated radiological incident in Roswell for a couple of days next week.

The Sept. 21-22 training Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation exercise is designed to determine the response capabilities to an incident involving a WIPP truck transporting materials to the U.S. Department of Energy storage facility outside Carlsbad.

The exercise will be conducted each day between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. at an old runway area of the former Roswell municipal airport. The exercise site is just to the north of West College Boulevard between North Montana and North Sycamore avenues (across College Boulevard from Cielo Grande Recreation Area).

The exercise will not require the closure of any public streets and should not impact traffic, according to a city of Roswell news release.

For safety and logistical reasons, the site is not open to the public. Access will be limited to exercise participants — which will include emergency responders and ambulance services from various agencies in Chaves County as well as staff with hospitals and medical clinics — news media, and evaluators and observers with several local, state and federal departments and entities.