Click the link above to view the 2020 Renewal Application for the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (HWFP).

Please click the button above to see information about the 700-C ventilation fan test.

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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Workers erecting walls of the 55,000 square-foot building

WIPP Marks Milestone in Ventilation System Project Six Weeks Ahead of Schedule

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently reached a key milestone...

[August 17, 2021]

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white background

60 Day Public Comment Period and Information Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - DOE and NWP (Permittees) will conduct public meetings...

[August 10, 2021]

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white background

WIPP Virtual Public Town Hall Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The DOE and NWP (Permittees) will conduct a virtual town hall meeting...

[July 21, 2021]

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.