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Carlsbad Field Office

The U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office has responsibility for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the NationalTransuranic (TRU) Program. The office's mission is to provide safe, compliant, and efficient characterization, transportation, and disposal of defense-related TRU waste. Its vision is to enable a nuclear future for our country by providing safe and environmentally responsible waste management.


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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 Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC.

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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.

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WIPP Recovery

Visit the WIPP Recovery Page to learn the latest about our recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The page includes WIPP updates, sampling results, fact sheets, photos, videos and more.

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WIPP Laboratories Receives 5th Consecutive DOELAP Accreditation


The WIPP Laboratories (WIPP Labs), which operates out of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), was accredited by the DOE’s Laboratory Accreditation Program (DOELAP) for the fifth consecutive time.The evaluation of DOELAP Accrediatation is conducted every three years and for the past 15 years WIPP has continually maintained its accreditation.


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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.

WIPP In the News

Energy Department Initiates Recertification Process for WIPP
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted its third Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demonstrating continued compliance with EPA regulations for radioactive waste disposal, as required by Congress. Read more.

DOE, NWP Making Plans to Continue Moving LANL
Transuranic Waste
Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing to ship transuranic waste currently located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for temporary storage at Waste Control Specialists (WCS), located in western Andrews County, Texas. Read more.

Follow-Up Testing Shows No Health Risk for Exposed Employees
Follow-up testing of employees who were exposed to airborne radioactive material during the February 14 radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) shows exposure levels were extremely low and the employees are unlikely to experience any health effects as a result.. Read more.

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WIPP Employees Notified of Preliminary Sample Results
Today, the Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, the WIPP contractor, notified 13 employees of positive preliminary bioassay results. Read more.

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WIPP Reports New Environmental Monitoring Data
The U.S. Department of Energy today reported new environmental monitoring data from samples collected at numerous locations on and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Read more.

Radiological Monitoring
Continues at WIPP
Radiological control personnel continue to collect surface and underground monitoring samples at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Read more.

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DOE Accident Investigation
Board Establishes Hotline

The DOE Accident Investigation Board (AIB) for the Feb. 5 WIPP underground salt haul truck fire has established a hotline.

If you have a concern or additional information related to this event, please call the hotline number
at: 513-744-2191

You may leave just a message with your name and phone number for an AIB member to contact you to discuss your concern and/or related information that you may have or include the details if you prefer.

The DOE AIB thanks you
for your interest.

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