Past WIPP Updates

October Updates

October 07, 2014 - WIPP's primary hoist begins inspection processes

October 03, 2014 - Progress continues in restoring WIPP underground

 

September Updates

September 30, 2014 - U.S. Department of Energy releases WIPP recovery plan

September 23, 2014 - WIPP facilities mostly unscathed as SENM deals with Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 - No second release at WIPP

September 12, 2014 - Waste hoist transformer replacement

September 9, 2014 - Additional areas cleared in WIPP underground facility

September 5, 2014 - Personnel completing preparations for underground facility rock bolting activities

September 2, 2014 - Current WIPP Status

 

August Updates

August 26, 2014 - Workers establish access to north experimental area

August 22, 2014 - Additional samples taken from WIPP underground facility

August 19, 2014 - Underground facility entry requirements modified at WIPP

August 15, 2014 - Town Hall video, additional photos of Secretary’s visit posted

August 12, 2014 - Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visits WIPP

August 8, 2014 - Laboratory Accreditation Program Conducted Assessment of WIPP

August 5, 2014 - Safety Enhancements Continue at WIPP

 

July Updates

July 29, 2014 - Shaft inspections performed weekly

July 28, 2014 - MSHA performs WIPP inspection

July 22, 2014 - Entries into WIPP underground resume

July 18, 2014 - WIPP to reduce transportation contract drivers

July 15, 2014 - Waste Hoist cleaning nears completion

July 11, 2014 - Project Reach investigation continues in Room 7

July 08, 2014 - Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board

July 01, 2014 - WIPP recovery moves into Phase Two activities


June Updates

June 27, 2014 - Plans ongoing to evaluate all drums in Panel 7, Room 7

June 24, 2014 - Filter Replacement Activities Complete

June 20, 2014 - Filter replacement complete in first unit

June 17, 2014 - Filter replacement activities progressing as planned

June 13, 2014 - Filter replacement activities continue smoothly

June 10, 2014 - Filter replacement activities begin

June 06, 2014 - Work continues to obtain video footage in Room 7

June 04, 2014 - WIPP updates to be published twice a week

June 03, 2014 - Shafts Temporarily Covered

June 02, 2014 - Samples collected from WIPP underground

 

May Updates

May 30, 2014 - Tests begin in preparation for filter change out

May 29, 2014 - Workers Adjust Ventilation in WIPP Underground

May 28, 2014 - Corrective action plans key for WIPP recovery effort

May 27, 2014 - Waste Control Specialists continues precautionary measures

May 23, 2014 - Re-entry team continues investigation in Panel 7

May 22, 2014 - Frequently Asked Questions

May 21, 2014 - WIPP Reviewing NMED Administrative Order

May 20, 2014 - WIPP continues investigation of disrupted waste disposal room

May 19, 2014 - Labs investigate drum content

May 16, 2014 - New Information Provided About Possible Contributor to the WIPP Radiological Event

May 15, 2014 - WIPP event bioassay testing program comes to a close

May 14, 2014 - WIPP personnel upgrading safety programs

May 13, 2014 - Venting of all waste containers is required before disposal at WIPP

May 12, 2014 - Latest underground entry reveals more information about event

May 09, 2014 - Current Status at WIPP

May 08, 2014 - Evaluation of WIPP radiological protection program underway

May 07, 2014 - Answers to previous Town Hall questions provided

May 06, 2014 - Recovery progress deliberate, safe

May 05, 2014 - Samples sent to national laboratories for analysis

May 03, 2014 - The WIPP Underground Ventilation System

May 02, 2014 - Correcting news reports on magnesium oxide usage at WIPP

May 01, 2014 - Re-entry personnel confirm damage to magnesium oxide bags

 

April Updates

April 30, 2014 - WIPP conducts re-entry today

April 29, 2014 - Laboratory tests salt decontamination methods

April 28, 2014 - WIPP preparing for future entries

April 26, 2014 - The science of WIPP

April 25, 2014 - Workers return to WIPP site

April 24, 2014 - DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

April 23, 2014 - Re-entry teams access Room 7

April 22, 2014 - WIPP's waste disposal panels

April 21, 2014 - Filter bank mock-up complete; HEPA filters arriving on site

April 19, 2014 - Robots from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories on standby

April 18, 2014 - Town Hall Questions Answered

April 17, 2014 - WIPP recovery team assembled

April 16, 2014 - Re-entry teams continue to advance closer to WIPP waste disposal area

April 15, 2014 - Truck fire Corrective Action Plan submitted to Carlsbad Field Office

April 14, 2014 - Phase 3 Activities Begin

April 12, 2014 - CEMRC: WIPP contamination below minimum detectable levels

April 11, 2014 - Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center news release

April 11, 2014 - DOE Installing Additional Air Sampling Units

April 10, 2014 - New Environmental Sampling Data Shows No Detectable Contamination

April 9, 2014 - Waste Hoist Tower Cleanup Underway

April 8, 2014 - Los Alamos Shipments to Waste Control Specialists

April 7, 2014 - EPA to Install Additional Air Monitors

April 6, 2014 - No WIPP Recovery Update Today

April 5, 2014 - Responses to Town Hall Questions

April 4, 2014 - Base of Operations Established Closer to Expected Event Source

April 3, 2014 - Re-entry Paves Way for Future Work Underground

April 2, 2014 - First Underground Re-entry Complete

April 1, 2014 - Delay in Delivery of Protective Equipment Postpones Personnel Re-Entry

 

March Updates

March 31, 2014 - Underground Re-Entry Scheduled for Tomorrow

March 30, 2014 - No WIPP Recovery Update today

March 29, 2014 - Seven activities to recovery and re-entry

March 28, 2014 - Aerosol Test for HEPA Filters Complete

March 27, 2014 - New Sampling Plan Establishes 10 Additional Locations

March 26, 2014 - Air Intake and Salt Shaft Inspections Complete

March 25, 2014 - HEPA Filter Test Moves Forward

March 24, 2014 - Preparations for Underground Re-entry Continue

March 23, 2014 - Responses to Town Hall Questions

March 22, 2014 - WIPP Employees Train for First Entry Underground Since Release

March 21, 2014 - Testing WIPP Ventilation System Filter Banks is Scheduled

March 20, 2014 - Texas Facility to Temporarily Store Los Alamos Waste

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 - Question 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


Media Contact

Tim Runyon
U.S. Department of Energy
WIPP Recovery Communications
P.O. Box 3090
Carlsbad, NM 88221-2078 
Phone: (575) 234-7545
E-mail: Tim.Runyon@cbfo.doe.gov

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


Public Inquiries

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