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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.



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The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, safely disposes of the nation's defense-related transuranic radioactive waste.

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert, outside Carlsbad, N.M., WIPP began disposal operations in March 1999.

WIPP is a U.S. Department of Energy facility and is managed by Washington TRU Solutions.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office and its contractors team up to carry out the WIPP mission.

For links to some of the major project participants, click here.



WIPP 10-Year Anniversary Banner

CBFO Deputy Manager
Vernon Daub retires

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) deputy manager is retiring after spending 18 years assisting with the WIPP project. 

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Image of the building that hosts the WIPP Experience Exhibit.

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.

Free 250-million-year-old rock salt samples are available for all visitors! 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.



DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract for Carlsbad Field Office

The U.S. Department of Energy today awarded a Task Order to Portage, Inc., a small disadvantaged business from Idaho Falls, Id., to provide technical assistance to the Carlsbad Field Office and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

Read the full news release.

Studies confirm
no karst impact to WIPP

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Click here.


Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on karst

EPA 2006 fact sheet
about karst. Click here.

WIPP featured in
Nova Science Now

Click here to visit the Nova Science Now Web site and watch the segment titled "Secrets in the Salt" that was filmed at WIPP.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Information

Click here for information on how DOE’s Office of Environmental Management is implementing
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,
including those activities associated with the
Carlsbad Field Office
and WIPP.

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WIPP Permit Renewal

Final permit renewal application available online

The final WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Renewal Application is now available online.

Click here to read the application online





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