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

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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Confirmed WIPP COVID-19 Cases

CARLSBAD, N.M. - COVID-19 Positive Test Results: September 30-October 7 WIPP has been notified of six positive COVID-19...

[October 12, 2020]

Joe Franco portrait

Franco Returns to WIPP Project as Special Advisor to NWP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A familiar face is returning to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

[October 08, 2020]

WA bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft that is being excavated at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

WIPP Reaches Early Milestone in Work to Increase Underground Ventilation

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone...

[September 04, 2020]

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.