WIPP has been disposing of legacy transuranic (TRU) waste since 1999,
cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide.

WIPP was constructed for disposal of defense-generated TRU waste from DOE sites around the country. TRU waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, residues, debris, soil and other items contaminated with small amounts of plutonium and other man-made radioactive elements. The waste is permanently disposed of in rooms mined in an underground salt bed layer over 2000 feet from the surface.

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photo of WIPP's mine rescue teams holding their awards from the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition

Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition

WIPP's mine rescue teams had a good week in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition here in Carlsbad picking up several awards. The Red Team won first place in the overall competition as well as first place in the field and first aid sections.

[April 17, 2018]

Wipp Receives VPP Merit Recognition

WIPP is the proud of its continued status as a DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) MERIT Site. DOE-VPP Merit promotes safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and federal employees at DOE sites.

[February 7, 2018]

Wipp Resumes Mining Operations

Mining operations resumed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for the first time in four years when a continuous mining machine made its first cut into the salt where Panel 8 had been started years before. Mining restarted in Panel 8, which will be used for the emplacement of transuranic waste once waste...

[January 17, 2018]

Semi Truck hauling three TRUPACT-II containers


Visitors to Carlsbad, N.M. are encouraged to visit the WIPP Experience Exhibit. While public tours of WIPP are not available, the exhibit at our in-town office building features a brief documentary on the project and numerous displays. Friendly staff are available to answer questions about this one-of-a-kind facility.

Groups larger than four people are asked to call in advance for special showings in the auditorium.

The WIPP Experience Exhibit
U.S. Department of Energy
4021 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, New Mexico
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.