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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. The Department initiated its VPP in January 1994 to promote improved safety and health performance through public recognition of outstanding programs. DOE-VPP also includes coverage of radiation protection/nuclear safety and emergency management because of the type and complexity of DOE facilities. The DOE-VPP has three (3) levels of recognition; STAR, MERIT, and DEMONSTRATION. Contractors whose programs meet the requirements for outstanding safety and health programs receive STAR recognition, the highest achievement level. Contractors with highly effective programs, who commit themselves to attain STAR status within a five-year period, receive MERIT recognition. A site can retain MERIT recognition for a maximum of five years.
[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 handling crews fill Panel 7. Panel 8 mining began in late 2013, but was halted following separate fire and radiological events that suspended emplacement operations. Completion of Panel 8 is scheduled for 2020.
[January 17, 2018]

DOE Extends Contract for Operating WIPP

Carlsbad, New Mexico – The Department of Energy issued a modification to the contract with Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) for the management and operations of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM. The contract modification will enhance the focus on safety, provide cost incentives that will increase the value to the taxpayers, and reward the workforce for safe and efficient operations. The contract modification will also provide greater support for the community of Carlsbad. The Department has extended NWP’s period of performance to September 30, 2020, which exercises a newly-negotiated option to extend three of the available five years remaining on the contract.
[September 15, 2017]

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August 8 Workshop in Albuquerque on WIPP's Strategic Planning

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend an August 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050. The workshop is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. at the AECOM Office, One Park Square, 6501 Americas Parkway NE, Albuquerque, NM.
[August 1, 2017]

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EPA Recertifies WIPP's Continued Compliance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been recertified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in full compliance with applicable EPA regulations for transuranic radioactive waste disposal.
[July 13, 2017]

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New President, Project Manager Takes Helm for NWP

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.
[June 12, 2017]

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WIPP's Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition, held in Carlsbad, NM. The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
[April 20, 2017]

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WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) today announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January. The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014, when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
[April 10, 2017]

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Preparations Continue for Resumption of Shipments to WIPP

In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting "road shows" sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
[March 30, 2017]

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WIPP Road Show, Early Stops Planned in Carlsbad and Hobbs, NM

Shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste destined for the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM, are scheduled to resume in April 2017. These will be the first shipments received at the facility since the February 2014 incidents.
[February 27, 2017]