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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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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 ...
Los Alamos National Laboratory has resumed shipments of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad. A drum improperly packed at Los Alamos burst in 2014, causing contamination that shut down WIPP. (AP Photo/Susan ...
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant hope spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a complete rebuild of the facility's air flow systems will ensure ... Currently, WIPP is receiving about five or six shipments per week, said Bruce Covert, president of nuclear waste Partnership, which oversees WIPP's ...
More than three years after a radiation leak forced the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to shut down, managers are still dealing with the issues of storing waste and undertaking ... "This is a big deal for WIPP," said Bruce Covert, president of nuclear waste Partnership, the contractor that manages the site. "…
In 2014, after a Los Alamos drum ruptured in the underground mine of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, officials identified nearly 90 other ... salt drum accident at WIPP, when the Energy Department said it would assume oversight of legacy cleanup, previously handled by the National Nuclear ...
Just months after it returned to full activity, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is continuing its expansion. Mining of the planned eighth panel began this fall, and is estimated to be finished by 2020. Meanwhile, a supplemental ventilation shaft is being completed, to allow for cleaner underground air and ...
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.
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.
FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of ...
FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. Officials at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are flipping the switch on an interim ventilation system this week, allowing mining ...
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 ...
Los Alamos National Laboratory has resumed shipments of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad. A drum improperly packed at Los Alamos burst in 2014, causing contamination that shut down WIPP. (AP Photo/Susan ...
More than three years after a radiation leak forced the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to shut down, managers are still dealing with the issues of storing waste and undertaking ... "This is a big deal for WIPP," said Bruce Covert, president of nuclear waste Partnership, the contractor that manages the site. "…
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant hope spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a complete rebuild of the facility's air flow systems will ensure ... Currently, WIPP is receiving about five or six shipments per week, said Bruce Covert, president of nuclear waste Partnership, which oversees WIPP's ...
FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of ...
21, Deputy State Auditor Sanjay Bhakta told Environment Secretary Butch Tongate that settlement policies should be reviewed. The state and the Department of Energy settled last year over dozens of permit violations stemming from the mishap at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in 2014.
An inspector monitors radiation around TRUPACT containers at LANL in 2003 prior to shipping nuclear waste to the WIPP site near Carlsbad. New Mexican file photo. LANL reports big drop in number of waste violations. Caption as published: No Published Caption Raw caption: DANGER: Waste drums at ...
The agreement has faced criticism from advocacy groups and nuclear watchdogs. ... It is unfortunate that the State Auditor's office was unable to look beyond the headlines to understand that the largest DOE/State settlement in the history of the United States of $74 million is a win for all of New Mexico.".
Officials at the U.S. Energy Department's only underground nuclear waste dump say drivers have logged more than 14 million miles delivering radioactive waste to the facility in southern New Mexico since it opened in 1999. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recently received its 12,000th shipment as part of ...
He discussed the initiatives in August with Alex Smith, manager of ecology's nuclear waste Program, which is a Hanford regulator. ... Owendoff's interested in a treating some of the 56 million gallons held in underground waste and shipping it to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, a national ...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has recently received its 12,000th shipment of nuclear waste. This comes nearly three years after a complete closure of WIPP after a drum of waste from Los Alamos National Lab leaked radiation. Since the reopening, WIPP drivers have safely ...
CARLSBAD, N.M. -- Officials at the U.S. Energy Department's only underground nuclear waste dump say drivers have logged more than 14 million miles delivering radioactive waste to the facility in southern New Mexico since it opened in 1999. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recently received its 12,000th ...
The disposal of contaminated tools, clothing and other debris from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making at government labs and defense sites around the nation was sidelined in 2014 when the radiation release contaminated part of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and forced its closure.
Since 1999, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), 655 metres down in a ... to WIPP, it would save considerable time and effort as the DOE ...
... Cold War weapons waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since the New Mexico repository ... "Our facility is unique in the DOE complex in that we not only have ... drums) of waste at AMWTP are ready for shipment to WIPP.


 

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