Government officials and scientists chose the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site through a selection process that started in the 1950s. At that time, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a nationwide search for geological formations stable enough to contain radioactive wastes for thousands of years. In 1955, after extensive study, salt deposits were recommended as a promising medium for the disposal of radioactive waste. Since then, bedded salt has been one of the leading candidates for the permanent disposal of radioactive waste.
In accordance with the WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (Permit Number: NM4890139088-TSDF), an e-mail notification process has been established to inform stakeholders when one or more of the following activities occur at the WIPP project.
- Submittal of final waste generator site audit reports to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for approval.
- Submittal of an acceptable knowledge sufficiency determination to NMED for review.
- Submittal of an issue for dispute resolution.
- Any proposal to submit a Class 1 Permit Modification notification to NMED for approval of a capacity increase in the repository.
- Any use of surge capacity in the Parking Area Unit or Waste Handling Building.
- Reporting Planned Changes.
- Reporting Anticipated Noncompliance.
- Written Notice For 24 Hour And Subsequent Reporting
- Incorrect Submitted Information In The Permit Application Or In Any Report To The Secretary.
- Notifications Regarding Ongoing Dispute Resolution.
- Projected Start Date Of Excavation Of Each Underground HWDU.
- Geomechanical Monitoring Report Transmittal Letter.
- Notification Of Adverse Conditions.
- Exceedance Of Repository Volatile Organic Compounds.
- Exceedance Of Action Level Of Hydrogen Or Methane In A Filled Panel.
- Sampling Line Loss.
- Evaluation Of Sampling Line Loss.
- Date On Which Permittees Expect To Begin Partial Closure.
- Notification Stating The Final Volume Of TRU Mixed Waste Emplaced In The Underground HWDU.
- Notice Of The Meeting And Comment Period For CBFO Determination Of AK Sufficiency.
- Acceptable Knowledge Sufficiency Determination Request Transmittal Letter To NMED.
- Annual Proposed Acceptable Knowledge Sufficiency Determinations Transmittal Letter.
- Announcement Of Annual Proposed Acceptable Knowledge Sufficiency Determinations Public Meeting.
The e-mail notification will provide the recipient with an address on the WIPP web page where additional information can be obtained. If you would like to receive these e-mail notifications, please read the disclaimer below and click the "I Agree" button to subscribe. After you complete the registration, an e-mail message with a confirmation number and web page link will be sent to the address you provided. This message also will ask you to click on the attached link and enter your confirmation number to verify your e-mail address and intent to subscribe to this service.
Please note that the e-mail notification service is in addition to the information you receive through the WIPP Facility Mailing List, which is maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department atwww.nmenv.state.nm.us/wipp
Thank you for your continuing interest in the WIPP facility.
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