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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Miners using a miner machine

WIPP Finishes Mining for Eighth Panel for Transuranic Waste Disposal

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The mining machines are quiet. The salt haul trucks...

[October 13, 2021]

Speakers at Hispanic Heritage event

CBFO’s Ed Garza Spotlights Hispanic Heritage Month During Panel Discussion

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Hispanic Heritage Month, scheduled Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is celebrated...

[September 29, 2021]

CAST Truck driving on road

EM and NNSA partner for efficient WIPP shipments

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A little cooperation goes a long way. In this case, cooperation...

[September 28, 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.