Carlsbad - Emergency crews are battling a fire in the US government's underground nuclear waste repository.
Officials say a truck hauling salt caught fire on Wednesday morning at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.
According to a press release and a spokesperson who answered the emergency line, all employees have been evacuated and none of the radioactive waste has been affected.
But a press release says "multiple employees" are being taken to a hospital for potential smoke inhalation.
Emergency officials say all waste handling operations are suspended and rescue teams have been activated.
The repository takes plutonium-contaminated waste like clothing, tools and other debris from Los Alamos National Laboratory and defence projects. The waste is then buried in rooms cut from underground salt beds.