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 Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, is the world's third deep geological repository (after closure of Germany's Repository for radioactive waste Morsleben and the Schacht Asse II Salt Mine) licensed to permanently dispose of transuranic radioactive waste for 10,000 years that is left from the research and production of nuclear weapons. The plant is estimated to incur a total cost of $19B.


It is located approximately 26 miles (42 km) east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in eastern Eddy County, in an area known as the southeastern New Mexico nuclear corridor which also includes the National Enrichment Facility near Eunice, New Mexico, the Waste Control Specialists low-level waste disposal facility just over the border near Andrews, Texas, and the International Isotopes, Inc. facility to be built near Eunice, New Mexico.

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Leadership at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant believe the facility is operating at a “new normal” after the facility was reopened last year following a three-year shutdown caused by an accidental radiological release in 2014. Moving forward, Bruce Covert, President of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) which ...
It plans to release a draft request for bids for the new Central Plateau Cleanup Contract at the Hanford nuclear reservation within 15 to 45 days, DOE announced ... mostly debris contaminated with plutonium — until the waste is shipped to a national repository in New Mexico, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The governor's council is a nine-member panel, including state Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, that informs the governor on all things nuclear. Dilute-and-dispose is a process that involves mixing plutonium with inert material for burial elsewhere, in this case the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. WIPP ...
Since 2012, the ARP V facility has processed and repackaged approximately 9,500 drums of sludge-contaminated waste to remove liquids and prohibited items from the waste in preparation for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for permanent disposal. The suspect waste drum had ...
It was headed to WIPP. More than 70,000 metric tons of used reactor fuel are in temporary facilities in 39 states, some next to rivers or atop water tables. Where was the due diligence for those residents? Critics should question a new nuclear project's safety. And folks who want the waste stored “somewhere ...
In 2014, a drum buried at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad exploded and leaked radiation through a vent to the air above. The incident, caused by improper disposal of nuclear waste at the lab, exposed 21 WIPP employees to low levels of radiation and was one of the costliest nuclear accidents ...

What's the best way to learn about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and its ongoing mission? ... Now that DOE and Nuclear Waste Partnership are updating the facility — a new ventilation shaft, mining of an eight panel, and exploration of storage of plutonium as TRU waste — there again is a need to provide ...
Marquez pointed to an accidental radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 2014, which shuttered the permanent repository for transuranic waste about 25 miles from Carlsbad for about three years. He said human error caused the incident at WIPP and could lead to more danger for the people ...
Marquez pointed to an accidental radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 2014, which shuttered the permanent repository for transuranic waste ... He said human error caused the incident at WIPP, and could lead to more danger for the people of southeast New Mexico if the proposed facility ...
No no no. The DOE wants to bring more radioactive waste for cleanup in to Idaho and have Idaho waive the six month in/six month out terms contained in the 1995 Settlement Agreement? This cleanup waste needs to come here because of an accident at the DOE WIPP site, which had to close down for ...
Susana Martinez and her administration negotiated the deal, which marked the largest settlement in history between a state and the DOE. .... Butch Tongate, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, said improving the roads that ship nuclear waste to WIPP from nuclear facilities around ...
"If DOE made the decision to pursue this, we would have to sit down with the state and see if we can get some relief from the six-months-in, six-months-out," he said. He said part of the problem is a backlog of shipments leaving Idaho due to a backlog of receiving them at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which ...
Weapons-grade plutonium could be coming to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, after the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a national group of scientists ... where WIPP and DOE officials, along with local leaders gave presentations and fielded questions as to the viability of bringing plutonium to WIPP.
“The department has been looking at where to take waste from other DOE sites and treat it,” Energy Department spokesman Brad Bugger said last week. ... The Idaho treatment plant compacts the transuranic waste, making it easier to ship and put into long-term storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in ...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials are seeking permit changes to allow more nuclear waste to be stored in an underground facility in southeastern New Mexico. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials are looking to redefine how the volume of the waste is calculated at the ...
CARLSBAD — Officials are seeking permit changes to allow more nuclear waste to be stored in an underground facility in southeastern New Mexico. Officials with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad are looking to redefine how the volume of the waste is calculated, the Carlsbad Current-Argus ...
CARLSBAD — Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant hope that by redefining how the volume of nuclear waste is calculated when emplaced in the .... “This is the key to WIPP's ability to expand the amount of waste that is out there,” said Roger Nelson, a retired DOE scientist who worked on the WIPP ...

CARLSBAD – Officials are hoping to seal off the south end of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's underground salt mine, where radiation was ... access areas, the Department of Energy, which owns WIPP, and Nuclear Waste Partnership, which oversees the facility's operations, proposed a permit modification ...
“This permit modification will allow DOE to deliberately and safely withdraw and seal the south end of WIPP,” Mager said. “The change greatly ... A continuous miner cuts into the salt in the underground mine of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Jan. 15 at WIPP. (Photo: Courtesy: Nuclear Waste Partnership).
However, waste shipments were delayed for three years due to an accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. ... Over the course of the current federal fiscal year, which started Oct. 1, 2017, WIPP has received about 565 cubic meters of waste from DOE Idaho, equaling about 72 percent of all ...
A federal budget proposal made by President Donald Trump for the Department of Energy could hike the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's funding to $403 million for fiscal year 2019. The potential increase would mark a $79 million boost in WIPP's funding compared with enacted spending in FY 2017, while ...
However, shipments were delayed for three years due to an accident at the WIPP and DOE officials have said they expect to be done sometime in 2019. The barrels in question contain a mix of fluids and solvents that came from nuclear weapons production during the Cold War at the Rocky Flats Plant near ...
However, shipments were delayed for three years due to an accident at the WIPP and DOE officials have said they expect to be done sometime in 2019. The barrels in question contain a mix of fluids and solvents that came from nuclear weapons production during the Cold War at the Rocky Flats Plant near ...
BOISE — A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to ... The barrel that ruptured had been moved to the containment structure in preparation for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New ...
FILE - Empty nuclear waste shipping containers sit in front of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.  Utah's House of Representatives has ... SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's House of Representatives has approved giving a $1.72 million tax break ever year to a Utah-based nuclear waste disposal ...
The true test in coming years will be whether the biohazard symbol (and similar icons, like the nuclear radiation trefoil) retain their cultural meaning over time. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant — a Department of Energy project on long-term solutions for nuclear waste storage — is now trying to design a ...
CARLSBAD – Miners began drilling into the rock salt at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's underground facility, the first time that work has commenced to expand WIPP's emplacement panels since the nuclear waste repository was shut down in 2014. A continuous mining machine made its first cut into the salt ...
Still, the lab earned about $47 million in bonuses for fiscal year 2017, 70 percent of its possible performance award from the National Nuclear ... fiscal year and the most significant deduction since 2014, when a transuranic waste drum from the lab ruptured inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, ...
Carlsbad entered the national political fray Thursday during the Senate confirmation hearing for two potential assistant secretaries of energy. During a line of questioning to nominee Ann White, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) probed her commitment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, an underground nuclear ...
Mining operations have resumed after a four-year break at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). A continuous mining machine has begun cutting ... Disposal of TRU waste is critical to the cleanup of Cold War nuclear production sites. The repository's operations were suspended ...
A continuous miner cuts into the salt in the underground mine of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Jan. 15 at WIPP. (Photo: Courtesy: Nuclear Waste ... restoring WIPP and fulfilling our important mission of providing a transuranic waste solution for the (Department of Energy) complex,” said DOE Carlsbad Field ...
The nation's only underground nuclear waste repository is undergoing its first maintenance outage since it resumed operations a year ago. Before then, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had been shut down for three years because radiation contaminated part of the facility. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports ...
CARLSBAD — The nation's only underground nuclear waste repository is undergoing its first maintenance outage since it resumed operations a year ago. Before then, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had been shut down for three years because radiation contaminated part of the facility. The Carlsbad ...
Before then, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had been shut down for three years because radiation contaminated part of the facility. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that maintenance crews will be updating power supplies, relocating fiber-optic cables and replacing other parts in the underground mine.
All three systems submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration before the administration's deadline. ... “Clearly there were a lot of mistakes made of the last couple of years in Los Alamos that led to the shut down of WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) and the threat that ultimately posed to the ...
Though nuclear energy is regarded as one of the prominent sources of energy with a huge potential, waste generated from nuclear activity can pose a .... Currently, the TRU waste generated from defense nuclear activities in the US are permanently disposed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a deep ...
The Department of Energy's semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration is scheduled to award the new LANL operating contract, worth ... contamination that closed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 2014 when a waste drum improperly packed with a combustible mix at LANL burst open.
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant hope the facility is returning to normal operations, planning its first maintenance outage since WIPP was closed ... director of the Southwest Research and Information Center's Nuclear Waste Program, which acts as an environmental watchdog organization of WIPP, ...
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security and is essential to the economy of Carlsbad and southeastern New Mexico. The success of the site is a testament to the workforce, the community, and the leaders who have worked tirelessly to help WIPP reopen. Todd Shrader has been an ...
A top executive at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was commended by U.S. President Donald Trump through an annual award that recognizes the contributions of civilian leaders across the country. Todd Shrader, manager of the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), along with another DOE ...
Present time is what the Summit to Halt High-Level Nuclear Waste is about. The WIPP accident stalled the nuclear industry and is forcing us to take a second look. If we can't effectively deal with LOW-level nuclear waste, then how are we going to handle HIGH-level nuclear waste? Are there better ways to ...
... Alamos County roads used by the Los Alamos National Laboratory to transport waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will start sometime this year, according to National Nuclear Security Administration representatives. ... WIPP was closed for three years after the accident while the facility was remediated.
I hope readers had a restful break from work, school and yes, media, too. To help catch you up on environment news around New Mexico, I have a few links to share. In December, PNM closed two units at its San Juan Generating Station. Now, the utility wants legislative approval to address how it will ...
An inspector monitors radiation around TRUPACT containers at LANL in 2003 prior to shipping nuclear waste to the WIPP site near Carlsbad. ... The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad had been under new management for just 16 months when two of its most severe and costly accidents occurred.
BWXT is a partner in joint ventures serving EM at locations such as the Savannah River Site, the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, the West Valley Demonstration Project, the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). SN3 serves the DOE in multiple locations, the ...
BWXT says it is the leading supplier of nuclear materials and fuel to the U.S. government. It cites weapons fabrication, supercomputing and nuclear surveillance among its accomplishments at Los Alamos. Its environmental cleanup work has been in partnership with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in ...
The Nuclear: Landmarker for a Waste Isolation Site competition called for designers to create a marker or system of markers to "deter inadvertent human intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant" (WIPP) located in in Carlsbad, N.M., that could exist for 10,000 or more years, according to a press release.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is at more than half capacity, but more than a third of the calculated space taken up could be nothing but air. The Department of ... John Heaton, chair of the Carlsbad Mayor's Nuclear Task Force, said the adjustment was discussed by the DOE and WIPP officials for years.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are flipping the switch on an interim ventilation system ... Bruce Covert, president of the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the federal government, said testing was done and the U.S. Energy ...
In the competition, many entrants engaged with the local geology of the site where the waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) is situated for the landmark that would withstand millenniums. Testbed, the winner of the competition, proposed ex-situ mineral sequestration by reacting olivine or basalt with carbon ...


 

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