2012 News Releases

October 29
WIPP Environmental Initiatives Earn DOE Recognition

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October 24
WIPP Security Contractor Receives DOE Voluntary Protection Program Award

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October 17
WIPP Employees Among Honorees for Nuclear Footprint Reduction

October 3
DOE Exceeds 2012 TRU Waste Cleanup Goal at Los Alamos National Laboratory

September 19
DOE Awards Grant to New Mexico Environment Department for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Oversight, Monitoring

August 27
DOE Awards Contract for WIPP Mobile Loading Unit Services

August 16
WIPP Receives Green Zia Award for Environmental Excellence

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July 27
DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

June 12
Photo of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Officials Visiting Carlsbad for WIPP Training

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June 11
WIPP Trucks Deliver First Remote-Handled Transuranic Waste from the Savannah River Site

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On June 7, 2012, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) trucks approach the WIPP facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico, with the first shipment of defense-related remote-handled transuranic (TRU) waste from Savannah River Site (SRS), near Aiken, South Carolina.  TRU waste consists of materials contaminated with radioactive elements that have atomic numbers greater than uranium, including tools, rags, protective clothing, sludge and soil. That shipment and two contact-handled TRU waste shipments were released by SRS at the same time The three shipments consisted of (left to right) a TRUPACT-III, a RH-72B and one with TRUPACT-IIs,  -- marking another first for WIPP. Since opening in 1999, WIPP has established an impressive record. In addition to more than 10,500 safe shipments, WIPP drivers have logged more than 12.6 million safe loaded miles—equivalent to 26 roundtrips to the moon without a serious accident or injury–to clean up 22 TRU waste sites around the nation.

May 3
DOE Reaches Recovery Act Goal With Cleanup of All Legacy Transuranic Waste at Sandia National Laboratories

April 26
WIPP Mine Rescue Team Wins Regional Contest

April 20
DOE Awards Management and Operating Contract for DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

March 9
WIPP Operator Earns Corporate Safety Recognition

January 9
DOE Selects Two Small Businesses to Truck Transuranic Waste to New Mexico Waste Isolation Pilot Plant


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Media Contact

Deb Gill
U.S. Department of Energy
Carlsbad Field Office
P.O. Box 3090
Carlsbad, NM 88221-2078 
Phone: (575) 234-7270
E-mail: Deb.Gill@wipp.ws

Donavan Mager, Manager
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC
P.O. Box 2078 GSA-104
Carlsbad, NM 88221-2078 
Phone: (575) 234-7586
Fax: (575) 234-7002
E-mail: Donavan.Mager@wipp.ws







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