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Sampling Results

Onsite Underground Ventilation Sampling Results

Radiological Modeling Results

Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CEMRC)


Useful Background Information

Fact Sheet:

Radiation Basics:
Radiation Information for the General Public


Source: EPA Web site

What Every Public Safety Officer Should Know about Radiation and Radioactive Materials
Source: National Institute of Justice

Informational Posters:
WIPP Facts

Recovery Process

Radiation and WIPP Employees

Fire and Radiological Event Locations

Radiation Dose Comparison

Emplaced Waste

WIPP Aerial Photo

WIPP Ventilation System

WIPP Layout



Updated: March 20, 2014

WIPP Updates: March 20, 2014

Texas Facility to Temporarily Store Los Alamos Waste
With a June deadline approaching to remove transuranic wastes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) is working with Waste Control Specialists on a plan to ship LANL wastes to the Andrews, Texas facility for temporary storage until WIPP disposal operations resume.

News Release posted to the WIPP Website.

New Air Sampling Data Results
Environmental sampling data posted today include new results from laboratory analysis of air samples showing levels of transuranic radioactivity below minimum detection limits.  Laboratory analyses are more sensitive and accurate than the screening analyses previously reported.

WIPP Re-Entry Team Preps at Local Potash Mine
Members of the team who will soon re-enter the WIPP underground performed the second of two trial runs yesterday. The underground training at the Potash Mine allowed the team to test equipment and their ability to walk long distances in protective wear.  More than 20 personnel tested air quality devices and radiological equipment, and familiarized themselves with ground conditions similar to WIPP’s layered salt formation. <click to see more>

Previous WIPP Updates

March 19, 2014 - First Step to Replace HEPA Filters

March 18, 2014 - New Air Sampling Data Shows Small Release, But No Health Impacts

March 17, 2014 - Contrary to Rumor, There is No Evacuation

March 16, 2014 - Questions and Answers

March 15, 2014 - Questions and Answers

March 14, 2014 - Carlsbad Town Hall Meeting Summary

March 13, 2014 - Fire Investigators to Issue Report

March 12, 2014 - Next Set of Bioassay Results Anticipated March 19

March 11, 2014 - Data Show Filtration System Worked

March 10, 2014 - Planning Continues for Manned Entry

March 9, 2014 - Underground Recovery Process Begins



Key Question:

Is the radioactive contamination detected on the surface a threat to people or the environment?

While the goal for radioactive contamination is always zero, these readings are well below those levels that are harmful to people and the environment.

See: Putting Current Radiation Levels in Perspective

Recovery Related
News and Information

March 20, 2014
DOE, NWP Making Plans to Continue Moving LANL Transuranic Waste

March 13, 2014
AIB Fire Investigation Report

AIB Summary Slides

March 12, 2014
CBFO Manager Letter #3

March 11, 2014
DOE Approves WIPP Workforce Plan

NWP Manager Letter

March 5, 2014
Follow-Up Testing Shows No Health Risk For Exposed Employees

CBFO Manager Letter #2

Newspaper Advertisement

EPA Letter

March 4, 2014
Media Advisory - DOE to Host WIPP Town Hall Meeting, News Conference Call

February 26, 2014
WIPP Employees Notified of Preliminary Sample Results

CBFO Manager Letter

Media Advisory: DOE Carlsbad Field Office to Host Press Conference on Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Update

February 24, 2014
WIPP Reports New Environmental Monitoring Data

February 19, 2014
Radiological Sampling Continues at WIPP

February 16, 2014
Event News Release #3

February 15, 2014
Event News Release #2

Event News Release #1
Joint Information Center Activated at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Media Contact for Recovery

Bradley Bugger
U.S. Department of Energy
Carlsbad Field Office
P.O. Box 3090
Carlsbad, NM 88221-2078 
Phone: (575) 234-7309
E-mail: Bradley.Bugger@wipp.ws

Media Inquiries

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@cbfo.doe.gov

Public Inquiries

WIPP Information Center
Phone: 1-800-336-WIPP (9477)
E-mail: Infocntr@wipp.ws





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