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The entrance to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
The entrance to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at sunrise.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at sunrise.
A view of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from a distance.
A view of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from a distance.

 


Transportation                                  Back to top

A Tri State Motor Transit truck transporting three TRUPACT-II shipping containers on the highway.
A Tri State Motor Transit truck transporting three TRUPACT-II shipping containers on the highway.
A CAST Transportation truck transporting three TRUPACT-II shipping containers on the highway.
A CAST Transportation truck transporting three TRUPACT-II shipping containers on the highway.
A WIPP truck approaches the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
A WIPP truck approaches the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
A shipment of contact-handled transuranic waste arrives at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
A shipment of contact-handled transuranic waste arrives at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

 


Contact-handled                            Back to top
TRU waste disposal

An empty TRUPACT-II is loaded onto a trailer.  TRUPACT-IIs are sent to the generator sites empty and return with transuranic waste for disposal.
An empty TRUPACT-II is loaded onto a trailer. TRUPACT-IIs are sent to the generator sites empty and return with transuranic waste for disposal.
The outer-shell lid of a TRUPACT-II is lifted off inside of the Waste Handling Building.
The outer-shell lid of a TRUPACT-II is lifted off inside of the Waste Handling Building.
Transuranic waste arrives in the WIPP underground on the waste hoist.  The white vehicle is called a transporter, which will move the waste to the disposal area.
Transuranic waste arrives in the WIPP underground on the waste hoist. The white vehicle is called a transporter, which will move the waste to the disposal area.
A radiation control technician keeps a watchful eye as contact-handled transuranic waste is disposed in the WIPP underground.
A radiation control technician keeps a watchful eye as contact-handled transuranic waste is disposed in the WIPP underground.

 


Remote-handled                           Back to top
TRU waste disposal

An RH-72B shipping container is a lead-lined cask that is certified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The RH-72B is used for shipping remote-handled transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  Waste is contained in the horizontal midsection.  Impact limiters are on either end to protect the waste in the event of an accident.
An RH-72B shipping container is a lead-lined cask that is certified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The RH-72B is used for shipping remote-handled transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
The CNS 10-160B is an alternate shipping container for sending remote-handled transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
The CNS 10-160B is an alternate shipping container for sending remote-handled transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
The Horizontal Emplacement and Retreival Equipment (HERE) is used to push remote-handled transuranic waste into horizontal boreholes in the disposal room walls.
The Horizontal Emplacement and Retreival Equipment (HERE) is used to push remote-handled transuranic waste into horizontal boreholes in the disposal room walls.

 


Mining                                                  Back to top

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant uses a continuous miner to carve disposal rooms out of the Permian Salt Formation, nearly a half mile below the surface.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant uses a continuous miner to carve disposal rooms out of the Permian Salt Formation, nearly a half mile below the surface.
An underground dump truck empties its load at the Salt Handling Shaft for the 2,150-foot trip to the surface.
An underground dump truck empties its load at the Salt Handling Shaft for the 2,150-foot trip to the surface.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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