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. - Between November 18 and November 23, WIPP was notified of 13 positive COVID-19 test results...

[November 25, 2020]

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NWP Awards Subcontract in Support of Ventilation System Work

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) awarded a $3 million subcontract to Kiewit US Contractors Co. to support...

[October 22, 2020]

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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]

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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.