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Italian scientist eyes plant growth at nuclear repository

 

December 16, 2018



CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The unique geology at the United States' only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientist Maurizo Tomasi of Rome, Italy, journeyed to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad to conduct research last week due to the salt mines' low levels of background radiation, the Carlsbad Current Argus reports .

For six days per week, researchers used unbleached, damp paper towels to germinate seeds.

High-grade potash was used from a nearby mine to separate incubator-containing seeds, to minimize the effects of back...



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