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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Photo of WIPP employees holding VPP Star Site sign.

WIPP Regains Voluntary Protection Program Star Status

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is once again a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site.

[June 30, 2020]

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white background

DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager Selected

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Reinhard Knerr has been selected as the new, permanent manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).
Greg Sosson has served as acting manager since December.

[June 16, 2020]

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white background

Key Utility Shaft Construction Contract Awarded at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M., August 21, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) announced today the award of a key utility shaft construction contract at the Department's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

[August 21, 2019]

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.