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WIPP Community Forum & Open House

ROSWELL, N.M. - U.S. Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office and Salado Isolation Mining Contractors will host an in-person and virtual meeting to provide a short update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant with an extended question and answer period to follow.
[February 15, 2024]


Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Achieves Best Shipment Season in 10 Years

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. - During the calendar year of 2023, the team at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) had its best shipment performance in 10 years, continuing the cleanup of sites in New Mexico and across the country.
[January 31, 2024]

WIPP Begins Mining New Waste Disposal Panel

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached another milestone.
[January 24, 2024]

WIPP 2023 Year In Review

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had a safe and productive 2023. Watch the year-end accomplishments video.
[December 20, 2023]

WIPP Achieves EM’s 2023 Transuranic Waste Disposal Priority

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management’s (EM) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has accomplished an EM 2023 priority to complete and dispose of 400 transuranic (TRU) waste shipments while striving to ensure no backlog of shipments from cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) site in New Mexico.
[December 6, 2023]

Announcement of WIPP Information Exchange In Person and Virtual

WIPP Information Exchange bannerCARLSBAD, N.M. – The DOE and SIMCO (Permittees) will conduct a virtual WIPP Information Exchange pursuant to Permit Part 4, Section 4.2.1.5, Legacy TRU Waste Disposal Plan.
[December 1, 2023]

WIPP Kicks Off Phase to Bring New Air Ventilation System Online

Workers testing electrical circuitsCARLSBAD, N.M. – Members of the EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) workforce recently met an EM 2023 priority when they began commissioning the site’s new large-scale ventilation system, also known as the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS).
[November 21, 2023]

Stop The Bleed

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundEDDY COUNTY, N.M. – Salado Isolation Mining Contractors LLC, Edgewater Federal Solutions, Los Alamos Technical Associates, and Edgewater Technical Associates announced a collaborative partnership to fund STOP THE BLEED kits for the Artesia Public Schools staff.
[October 30, 2023]

WIPP Ventilation System Shaft Reaches Final Depth

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently marked a significant accomplishment when critical infrastructure that will supply air for the largest safety-related ventilation system in the DOE complex reached its final depth of 2,275 feet...
[October 26, 2023]

WIPP Community Forum & Open House

WIPP Community Forum logoCARLSBAD, N.M. – CBFO and SIMCO will host an in person and virtual meeting to provide an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
[September 25, 2023]

WIPP’s New Air Shaft Reaches Milestone, Connection Work to Underground Repository Begins

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office announced today that excavation crews recently attained a milestone in the construction of a new utility shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[July 12, 2023]

Terms Agreed to Renew WIPP Operating Permit

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundSANTA FE, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management announced today that a mutual agreement has been achieved on terms to renew the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Operating Permit.
[June 28, 2023]

Summer Interns at WIPP

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M. – We are pleased to announce ten college interns will be joining the Carlsbad Field Office this summer.
[June 28, 2023]

WIPP Community Forum & Open House

WIPP Community Forum and Open House graphicALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – CBFO and SIMCO will host an in person and virtual meeting to provide an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
[June 27, 2023]

Employees Share Safety on Stand Down Day

Presentation on safety on Stand Down DayCARLSBAD, N.M. – WIPP was an active participant in the national Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Stand Down to Save a Life day on Wednesday, intended to help reduce injuries in the mining community, which has seen 16 fatalities already this year.
[May 25, 2023]

STEM Education and Real-World Applications: The WIPP Mine Rescue Robot Demonstration

SIMCO employee speaking about STEM at a school in CarlsbadCARLSBAD, N.M. – SIMCO Geotechnical Engineer Eric Tucker and SIMCO Education Outreach Lead, Dr. Joy James Foster recently visited PR Leyva eighth grade students to present the WIPP 101 presentation and the WIPP Mine Rescue Robot.
[April 26, 2023]

WIPP Drivers Surpass 16 Million Safe Miles

A transuranic waste shipment arriving at WIPPCARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently marked a milestone after its drivers exceeded 16 million safe miles without a serious accident or injury, equivalent to 33 roundtrips to the moon or more than 642 trips around the world.
[April 26, 2023]

Mine Rescue Excels Against Tough Competition

The Red and Blue Mine Rescue TeamsCARLSBAD, N.M. – The Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Contest took place last week and our Red and Blue Mine Rescue teams represented WIPP with distinction.
[April 18, 2023]

Conduct of Operations Training Gets Interactive

Students running through the Conduct of Operations courseCARLSBAD, N.M. – Conduct of Operations has announced the revision of OPS-115, Conduct of Operations. The course provides the strategy for operating success using Conduct of Operations and Human Performance Improvement (HPI).
[April 12, 2023]

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Brenda Montanez, Fire Marshal

Portrait of Brenda MontanezCARLSBAD, N.M. – Thank you to the WIPP employees who took the time this month to share their experiences working in what are considered non-traditional occupations for women.
[March 31, 2023]

SSCVS Update: The Filters Have Entered The Building

Image of HEPA filter assembliesCARLSBAD, N.M. – WIPP’s New Filter Building (NFB) — part of the $486 million Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) — is gaining its signature filters.
[March 31, 2023]

WIPP Community Forum & Open House

WIPP Community Forum & Open House bannerHOBBS, N.M. – CBFO and SIMCO will host an in person and virtual meeting to provide an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
[March 21, 2023]

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Kimberly Briones, Waste Handling Technician

Portrait of Kimberly BrionesCARLSBAD, N.M. - Kimberly Briones was born and raised in Loving, NM and has lived there all her life.
[March 20, 2023]

WIPP Team Achieves Halfway Mark for Utility Shaft Sinking

Distant shot of the utility shaftCARLSBAD, N.M. - Progress continues on the new Utility Shaft at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as shaft-sinking crews recently surpassed the midway point at 1,076-feet deep.
[March 13, 2023]

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Laura Garcia, Fire Protection Engineering

Portrait of Laura GarciaCARLSBAD, N.M. - A short interview with Laura Garcia to kick off Women's History Month.
[March 8, 2023]

Southeast New Mexico College Supports Development of Workforce Pipeline

SENMC touring the WIPP undergroundCARLSBAD, N.M. - WIPP has begun a partnership with Carlsbad’s Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC) on a training program that is intended to provide qualified job applicants to WIPP for years to come.
[March 8, 2023]

A Thank You From NWP

Sky shot of WIPP with NWP logoCARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is a tremendous asset to southeastern New Mexico and to the nation, and Nuclear Waste Partnership is proud to have played an important role in WIPP’s critical environmental cleanup mission for the past decade.
[February 2, 2023]

WIPP Day in Santa Fe

Speaker at the Legislative BreakfastSANTA FE, N.M. – Members of the WIPP leadership team have been in Santa Fe this week taking part in information sharing sessions with legislators and New Mexico stakeholders.
[January 26, 2023]

2022: Another Year of Progress

Image of Panel 8 first emplacementCARLSBAD, N.M. – Workers at WIPP continued making progress on a number of important projects in 2022 ─ led by the largest construction effort at the site in 30 years ─ and paved the way for greater efficiency with the final emplacement in Panel 7.
[January 23, 2023]

Mine Rescue Teams Work Together To Be Prepared

Mine rescue workers inspecing part of the White Marble MineCARLSBAD, N.M. – The WIPP Mine Rescue Team recently gained expertise when they visited the White Marble Mine in Texas.
[January 20, 2023]

EM Names Knerr as Deputy Manager of Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office

Office of Environmental Management imageCARLSBAD, N.M. – EM has selected Reinhard Knerr, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), to serve as deputy manager of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) in Lexington, Kentucky, effective Jan. 29.
[January 17, 2023]

EM Waste Generator Sites Ramp Up Shipments to WIPP

Packs for Hunger volunteer standing with the boxes of foodCARLSBAD, N.M. – A recent double-digit increase of transuranic waste shipments for permanent disposal at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has officials at the facility feeling confident.
[January 17, 2023]

A Deeply Rooted Dream

Nicole Nelson-Jean speaking at MLK eventCARLSBAD, N.M. – Nicole Nelson-Jean, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations (EM-3), was the keynote speaker on Friday at the Carlsbad Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee’s annual banquet at the Pecos River Village Conference Center.
[January 16, 2023]

Packs for Hunger

Graph of 70 shipments in the last 7 weeksCARLSBAD, N.M. – On March 2, 2012 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Zeta Nu Chapter of Carlsbad, New Mexico started their Packs for Hunger Program with only 2 elementary schools and a total of 165 backpacks.
[January 9, 2023]

DECOVALEX International Scientists Tour the BATS Project at WIPP

Ike White and John Heaton underground shaking handsCARLSBAD, N.M. – Earth and nuclear scientists representing 17 international waste management organizations around the world visited the BATS project at WIPP after attending the DECOVALEX model benchmarking collaboration meeting in Albuquerque.
[December 26, 2022]

Dedication To Service

Ike White and John Heaton underground shaking handsCARLSBAD, N.M. – EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White (EM-1) visited WIPP last week, where he observed capital project progress, met with local officials, and attended a room dedication ceremony for long-time state representative John Heaton.
[December 15, 2022]

Seen & Unseen

Construction on the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation SystemCARLSBAD, N.M. – One is very visible, and one you can’t really see.
[December 6, 2022]

Native American Heritage Month: Rudy Ayala

Portrait of Rudy AyalaCARLSBAD, N.M. – November is Native American Heritage Month or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
[November 30, 2022]

New Beginning

View of the first waste placed in Panel 8CARLSBAD, N.M. – Employees have begun emplacing defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste in Panel 8 of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[November 23, 2022]

Meeting the Need

Vitalant blood drive vehiclesCARLSBAD, N.M. – WIPP employees stepped up in a big way in October with 82 eligible donors participating in the Vitalant blood drive held at the site and at the Skeen-Whitlock Building, an increase over prepandemic donation levels.
[November 23, 2022]

WIPP Hosts Veteran Day Commemoration Ceremony

American flag and POW MIA flag on flag poleCARLSBAD, N.M. – Veterans Day ceremonies were held simultaneously on November 10th at the WIPP site and the Skeen-Whitlock Building.
[November 11, 2022]

WIPP Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week CalendarCARLSBAD, N.M. – Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
[November 11, 2022]

Native American Heritage Month: Jenna Lente

Portrait of Jenna LenteCARLSBAD, N.M. – November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
[November 7, 2022]

2022 Salt of the Earth Winners Announced

Salt of the Earth logoCARLSBAD, N.M. – 2022 marks the seventh annual presentation of the Nuclear Waste Partnership Salt of the Earth awards, the highest employee recognition given by NWP.
[November 3, 2022]

OCT 24th Community Forum Recording Available

Sean Dunagan and Reinhard Knerr at the WIPP Community ForumSANTA FE, N.M. - We would like to thank participants for attending the WIPP Community Forum which was held at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, NM.
[October 31, 2022]

Last Waste Container Emplaced in Panel 7, Marking Important Milestone for WIPP

WIPP employees posing with the last waste containers in panel 7 room 1CARLSBAD, N.M. – Workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) reached a major milestone Thursday, October 20th as the last container of transuranic (TRU) waste was emplaced in Panel 7 of WIPP’s underground.
[October 25, 2022]

WIPP Community Forum & Open House

Image of Community Forum InfoCARLSBAD, N.M. – CBFO and NWP will host an in person and virtual meeting to provide a short update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant with an extended question and answer period to follow.
[October 14, 2022]

James Peery takes over Sandia National Laboratories

James Peery talking with Sean DunaganCARLSBAD, N.M. – On Monday, Carlsbad received a visit from Dr. James Peery, who is the labs director for Sandia National Laboratories.
[October 13, 2022]

New DOE EM Program Plan Guides Cleanup Progress

Emergency Management imageWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) on Thursday released its EM Program Plan, a 2022 priority outlining a decision roadmap the cleanup program will use as a guide over the next two decades.
[September 22, 2022]

Annual exercise puts WIPP to the test

A radcon tech checks a bloody victim during the exerciseCARLSBAD, N.M. - A plane crashes at the WIPP site, bursting into flame and igniting a wildland grass fire.
[September 22, 2022]

WIPP Mine Rescue Teams Finish in Top 15 at National Competition

WIPP Blue Mine Rescue Team briefing before a competitionCARLSBAD, N.M. - Mine rescue teams from EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) finished in the top 15 in both the overall and field competitions at the first-ever joint Coal, Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest in Lexington, Kentucky earlier this month.
[September 2, 2022]

WIPP’s Big Dig to Lead to New Utility Shaft as Crews Advance Massive Ventilation System

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Blast. Dig. Hoist. Dump.
[August 3, 2022]

WIPP Community Days Provide Opportunity for Learning and Exploration

CARLSBAD, N.M. - EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently sponsored two community events allowing visitors from across New Mexico to visit the site and learn more about its critical national mission.
[August 2, 2022]

WIPP Community Forum

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Senior leaders from EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) hosted a Community Forum & Open House on July 7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
[July 14, 2022]

Meet the Office of Environmental Management Leaders Changing the Outlook of Nuclear Waste Cleanup

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The WIPP facility began operations in 1999 and celebrated 20 years of operations in 2019
[June 28, 2022]

WIPP Community Forum & Open House

CARLSBAD, N.M. - CBFO and NWP will host an in person and virtual meeting to provide an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
[June 23, 2022]

WIPP Safety Block Party Success

CARLSBAD, N.M. - WIPP’s Safety Block Party was welcomed back on May 11 with great participation from across the site.
[May 26, 2022]

WIPP Enters Homestretch Toward Waste Disposal Milestone

CARLSBAD, N.M. - One more room to go.
[April 20, 2022]

WIPP Employee Honored for Improving Miner Safety

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A subject matter expert on underground ventilation at the nation's only deep geologic repository has been recognized by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration for his work to improve miner safety.
[April 13, 2022]

WIPP Community Forum

CARLSBAD, N.M. - WIPP leadership held an open Community Forum on March 17th at 5:30.
[March 18, 2022]

Way cleared for emplacement in final Panel 7 room

CARLSBAD, N.M. - One more room to go.
[March 10, 2022]

Down & Up

CARLSBAD, N.M. - There’s something big going down at WIPP.
[March 03, 2022]

Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Visits WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Todd Shrader, DOE Office of Environmental Management Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (EM-2), toured the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) construction as part of a WIPP facility tour on Feb. 23.
[February 23, 2022]

Weaving the Fiber (Optics) of WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - It’s been a long pull to upgrade the backbone of the communications system at WIPP.
[February 17, 2022]

A Year of Progress

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Multiple projects at WIPP that were slowed by the pandemic spun back up to speed in 2021 and showed visible progress, led by the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS), the largest containment fan system in the DOE complex.
[January 31, 2022]

WIPP Leadership Academy Makes Leaders of Safety Culture

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The age-old question of whether leaders are born or made is still a debatable topic.
[January 10, 2022]

Taking Charge: Solving the Forklift Battery Issue

CARLSBAD, N.M. - We’ve all experienced it at home. Product No. 1 takes charger No. 1. Product No. 2 takes charger No. 2. And so on. None of them work together.
[December 20, 2021]

The Department of Energy Announces Major Cleanup Milestone

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 13,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste last week.
[November 23, 2021]

WIPP Stakeholder Presentation Slides and Video

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Reinhard Knerr, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office (Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management) gave a stakeholder update to interested participants.
[November 22, 2021]

Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System Update with Steve Smith

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Check in with NWP Project Manager, Steve Smith, for everything WIPP has accomplished on the SSCVS over the past few months.
[November 18, 2021]

Announcement of WIPP Update Town Hall

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The DOE will conduct a virtual town hall meeting to provide an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[November 10, 2021]

Edgewater Employee Named To State Commission

CARLSBAD, N.M. - WIPP employee Jackie Onsurez has been appointed to the New Mexico Emergency Response Commission (ERC) by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
[October 19 2021]

WIPP Finishes Mining for Eighth Panel for Transuranic Waste Disposal

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The mining machines are quiet. The salt haul trucks are still. After seven years, mining of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) Panel 8 is finished.
[October 13 2021]

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 annually to recognize the rich history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities.
[September 29, 2021]

EM and NNSA partner for efficient WIPP shipments

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A little cooperation goes a long way. In this case, cooperation between contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has made shipments to WIPP more efficient.
[September 28, 2021]

Announcement of WIPP Virtual Public Town Hall Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The DOE and NWP (Permittees) will conduct a virtual town hall meeting to provide information on the following planned Class 2 Permit Modification Request for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit: Update Panel 8 Volatile Organic Compound Room-Based Limits
[September 27, 2021]

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 six weeks early by completing the foundation for a building critical to the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS), which will be the largest containment fan system among DOE facilities when finished.
[August 17, 2021]

Announcement of a 60 Day Public Comment Period and Information Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - DOE and NWP (Permittees) will conduct public meetings to provide information on the following Class 3 Permit Modification Request to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (Permit): Construction and Use of Hazardous Waste Disposal Units 11 and 12
[August 10, 2021]

WIPP Virtual Public Town Hall Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The DOE and NWP (Permittees) will conduct a virtual town hall meeting to provide information on the following planned Class 3 Permit Modification Request for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit: Construction and Use of Hazardous Waste Disposal Units 11 and 12
[July 21, 2021]

Confirmed WIPP COVID-19 Cases

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office is reporting zero positive COVID-19 test results for WIPP employees between June 9 and June 15.
[June 17, 2021]

Looking Up – The SSCVS Update May 2021

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System is rising from the desert.
[June 4, 2021]

Summer Interns at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - We are pleased to announce five college interns will be joining the Carlsbad Field Office this summer.
[June 2, 2021]

NWP Awards Contract to Complete Construction of WIPP Ventilation System

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), LLC today awarded a subcontract valued at approximately $163 million to The industrial Company (TIC) to complete construction of the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[April 21, 2021]

WIPP 700-C Fan Test Results Town Hall

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The DOE Carlsbad Field Office and Nuclear Waste Partnership will host a virtual town hall meeting on April 15, 2021, to share environmental monitoring data from the January 31, 2021, four-hour test of the WIPP 700-C ventilation fan.
[April 9, 2021]

Supplement Analysis for Replacement Disposal Panels

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a Supplement Analysis (SA) for the construction of two replacement disposal panels in the underground of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP for the permanent disposal of transuranic (TRU) waste.
[April 8, 2021]

New CBFO Acting Deputy Manager

CARLSBAD, N.M. - As of March 14, Mark Bollinger, currently the Deputy Site Office Manager at the Fermi Site Office (FSO), will become the Acting Deputy Manager for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).
[March 15, 2021]

WIPP 2020 Year In Review

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) published its 2020 Year in Review, summarizing the cleanup work completed across the DOE complex over the course of the year. WIPP, along with other sites across the complex, made significant progress, after marking several major milestones in furtherance of its cleanup mission during 2020.
[January 19, 2021]

700-C Ventilation Short Duration Test Scheduled

CARLSBAD, N.M. - The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) intends to begin conducting initial short duration testing of the 700-C fan located at the WIPP site the week of Jan. 11.
[January 08, 2021]

700-C Ventilation Fan – Town Hall Meeting

CARLSBAD, N.M. - WIPP is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting to provide information about the testing of the 700-C ventilation fan at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[December 08, 2020]

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 construction of the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[October 22, 2020]

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). Jose (Joe) Franco has been selected as special advisor to Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President & Project Manager Sean Dunagan, effective October 26.
[October 08, 2020]

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 as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft — an EM 2020 priority — located west of the WIPP plant.
[September 04, 2020]

Sandia National Labs Shipments Received at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things have changed, and new ways to accomplish required tasks have been developed. One thing that hasn’t changed is shipments being sent to and received at WIPP.
[July 30, 2020]

EM-3 Mooney Visits WIPP Site

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Ed Garza, assistant manager for DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office, explains WIPP’s continuous mining machine to Thomas Mooney and Jaffet Ferrer-Torres of the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) during an underground tour of WIPP on Wednesday.
[July 23, 2020]

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]

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]

Key Utility Shaft Construction Contract Awarded at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. - 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]

Mine Experts to Advise WIPP on Worker Safety, Regulatory Compliance

CARLSBAD, N.M., August 14, 2019 - A panel of experts has been assembled to provide periodic reviews and recommendations on the safety and effectiveness of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) ground control programs and future mine designs.
[August 14, 2019]

Sean Dunagan to Take Helm at NWP/WIPP, Replacing Covert

CARLSBAD, N.M., August 13, 2019 - Sean Dunagan, a recognized nuclear expert with almost 20 years of experience in the management and operation of deep geological repositories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will replace Bruce Covert as president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[August 13, 2019]

WIPP Reaches Another Milestone

Just before midnight on June 27, EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began at WIPP in 1999.
[July 08, 2019]

Workers Make Headway on New Ventilation System to Increase WIPP Airflow

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Progress continues on a new $135 million ventilation system at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[May 24, 2019]

Early Career Professional Believes WIPP is Right Place for Career Growth

Photo of Forrest QueenCARLSBAD, N.M, Forrest Queen has advanced his career quickly, going from Washington State University graduate to ventilation engineering manager at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in just four years.
[May 01, 2019]

Argonne National Laboratory-East Resumes Shipments to WIPP

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M., December 26, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory located near Chicago, Illinois, resumed shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[December 26, 2018]

WIPPTREX training exercise

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundFollowing months of planning the City of Fort Worth, TX conducted a WIPPTREX training exercise at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex located in Fort Worth.
[November 28, 2018]

Key Ventilation System Construction Contract Awarded at WIPP

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundCARLSBAD, N.M., November 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) announced today the award of a key infrastructure contract at the Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[November 19, 2018]

WIPP's West Inducted Into Mine Rescue Hall of Fame

Richard West inducted into the Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Hall of FameRichard "Stik" West of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was inducted into the Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame at last week's National Mine Rescue Competition in Lexington, Kentucky...
[July 30, 2018]

WIPP Breaks Ground for New Ventilation System

GroundbreakCarlsbad, NM – U.S. Department of Energy officials joined with local Southeast New Mexico community leaders today to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new and improved underground ventilation system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
[June 17, 2018]

Routine Transuranic Waste Handling Operations Resume at WIPP

TRU Waste emplacement ResumedRoutine transuranic waste handling processing and underground emplacement activities resumed at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on Saturday, June 2, after workers completed a recovery plan that involved repacking a seven-pack of waste drums that contained a misaligned...
[June 6, 2018]

Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition

Mine Rescue TeamWIPP's mine rescue teams had a good week in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue competition here in Carlsbad picking up several awards. The Red Team won first place in the overall competition as well as first place in the field and first aid sections.
[June 4, 2018]

WIPP Receives VPP Merit Recognition

VPPWIPP is the proud of its continued status as a DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) MERIT Site. DOE-VPP Merit promotes safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and federal employees at DOE sites.
[February 7, 2018]

WIPP Resumes Mining Operations

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundNuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week.
[June 12, 2017]

DOE Extends Contract for Operating WIPP

DOE extends contract for operation WIPPCarlsbad, New Mexico – The Department of Energy issued a modification to the contract with Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) for the management and operations of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM.
[September 15, 2017]

August 8 Workshop in Albuquerque on WIPP's Strategic Planning

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundInterested stakeholders are invited to attend an August 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050.
[August 1, 2017]

August 8 Workshop in Albuquerque on WIPP's Strategic Planning

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundInterested stakeholders are invited to attend an August 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050.
[August 1, 2017]

EPA Recertifies WIPP’s Continued Compliance with Radioactive Waste Disposal Standards

WIPP logo with a radiant blue and white backgroundThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been recertified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in full compliance with applicable EPA regulations for transuranic radioactive waste disposal.
[July 13, 2017]