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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]