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WIPP Breaks Ground for New Ventilation System

Carlsbad, NM – U.S. Department of Energy officials joined with local Southeast New Mexico community leaders today to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new and improved underground ventilation system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) is key to increasing waste shipments to WIPP by allowing mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting and maintenance activities to occur simultaneously.

"In my first trip to WIPP as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in breaking ground on this new ventilation system. The new system provides WIPP state-of-the-art air handling capabilities, which will be a significant improvement to WIPP in support of its critical role in our national mission," Anne White said.
[June 14, 2018]

Routine Transuranic Waste Handling Operations Resume at WIPP

Photo of Transuranic Drums undergroudRoutine transuranic waste handling processing and underground emplacement activities resumed at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on Saturday, June 2, after workers completed a recovery plan that involved repacking a seven-pack of waste drums that contained a misaligned waste container.
[June 6, 2018]

Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition

Photo of Mine Rescue Team with TrophiesWIPP'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

Photo of WIPP employee's with VPP Merit BannerWIPP 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]

DOE Extends Contract for Operating WIPP

Photo of CBFO and WIPP employee sign documentsCarlsbad, 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.
[September 15, 2017]

August 8 Workshop in Albuquerque on WIPP's Strategic Planning

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundInterested 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.
[August 1, 2017]

EPA Recertifies WIPP's Continued Compliance

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundThe 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]

New President, Project Manager Takes Helm for NWP

headshot photo of Bruce CovertNuclear 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.
[June 12, 2017]

WIPP's Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

photo of the mine rescue teams truck and trailerThe 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, ...
[April 20, 2017]

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

photo of a semi truck with trailer loaded with two TRUPACT-II cointainers pull up to WIPP's front gateThe 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...
[April 10, 2017]

Preparations Continue for Resumption of Shipments to WIPP

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundIn 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"...
[March 30, 2017]

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

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundShipments 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]