The supplemental ventilation system installed in the air intake drift
WIPP's new hybrid (diesel/electric) bolter in the underground mine
A drill being run at WIPP's new Emergency Operations Center
Emergency response vehicles stationed in the WIPP underground

WIPP Update

September 15, 2017

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.  

“This negotiated option will give Nuclear Waste Partnership the necessary time to continue the progress they have achieved through the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recovery and resumption of shipments,” said DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader. “The enhancements to the contract are expected to ensure WIPP is operated safely and efficiently in both waste emplacement and mining operations.” 

Key contract modifications include the following enhancements: 

  • Incorporate a cost incentive into the contract that would share savings between NWP and its workforce, provided work is performed safely
  • Through annual fee awards, increase incentives for improvements to safety-related activities
  • Revise key personnel provisions of contract to establish a Chief Mining Officer to focus on the safety of the mine
  • Commitment from NWP to increase investments in the local community
  • Provide valuable services to the local community at no cost to DOE or the community  

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation’s only facility for deep geological disposal of transuranic radioactive waste (TRU) as by-products of nuclear weapons production and disassembly. It has been developed by the U.S. Department of Energy in southeastern New Mexico, about 26 miles east of Carlsbad.

Reports and Plans

CBFO CAP Plan WIPP DORR Final Report

CBFO CAP Plan WIPP CORR Final Report

CBFO CAP Plan MSHA Technical Support Evaluation

CBFO CAP Plan Supplemental Analysis WIPP Operations December 2016

CBFO CAP Plan Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), Rev. 8

CBFO CAP Plan Documented Safety Analysis, Rev. 5b Chapters 0-18

CBFO CAP Plan Technical Safety Requirements

CBFO CAP Plan Safety Evaluation Report for Documented Safety Analysis, Rev. 5b

CBFO CAP Plan CBFO Corrective Action Plan for the Fire and Radiological Events, Rev. 1

NWP CAP Plan NWP Corrective Action Addendum for Radiological Release Event

AIB Phase II Report on the Feb. 14 Radiological Event

AIB Phase II Investigation Summary Slides

AIB Investigation Report on the Feb. 5 Fire

AIB Investigation Summary Slides

AIB Phase I Report on the Feb. 14 Radiological Event

AIB Phase I Investigation Summary Slides

Office of Environmental Management Corrective Action Plan for Fire Event

Office of Environmental Management Corrective Action Plan for the Radiological Event

Office of Enterprise Assessments Operational Analysis of Safety Trends at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, May 2014 - May 2015

NWP Corrective Action Plan for the Fire and Radiological Events

Technical Assessment Team Report

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents for the AIB and TAT reports


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