Waste Management & Decommissioning

DOE begins second phase of WIPP recovery

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has moved on to the second phase of a recovery plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico.

Phase I of the plan – which included isolating the ventilation flow-through, lowering monitoring instruments into the salt and air intake shafts, replacing contaminated filters and allowing personnel to re-enter the mines – have all been completed. Restoring operating conditions is already underway as part of Phase II, along with incorporating corrective actions, which will continue throughout the recovery process. Mitigating the contamination source will be accomplished according to a plan developed from the knowledge gained during Phase I, DOE said.

To read the entire plan, click here .

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