The New Mexico Environment Department is now investigating after Los Alamos National Labs apparently lost track of two containers of hazardous waste earlier this year.
According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, a letter made public this week reveals the waste was found on Feb. 5, improperly packed, at a small waste disposal site.
The letter says one of the containers held a paste used to bond electrical materials.
The other contained a “reactive and toxic substance.”
The letter states exposure can cause skin and lung damage and can be fatal.
It a goes on to say a “human performance investigation” found personnel had not followed correct procedure.