2017 WIPP Updates

April Updates

April 20, 2017 - WIPP's Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

April 10, 2017 - WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening


March Updates

March 30, 2017 - Preparations Continue for Resumption of Shipments to WIPP


February Updates

February 27, 2017 - WIPP Road Show, Early Stops Planned in Carlsbad and Hobbs, NM

February 14, 2017 - WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

 

January Updates

January 09, 2017 - Energy Secretary, N.M. Delegation Recognize WIPP Opening

 

2016 WIPP Updates

December Updates

December 30, 2016 - Jeff Carswell Selected as CBFO Deputy Manager

December 23, 2016 - WIPP Authorized to Resume Waste Emplacement

December 07, 2016 - DORR Team Provides Preliminary Report

December 01, 2016 - Ground Control Progress in Panel 7


November Updates

November 15, 2016 - DOE Begins Operational Readiness Review

November 08, 2016 - Work Resumes at WIPP

November 04, 2016 - Rock Fall Confirmed in Panel 7, Room 4

November 03, 2016 - Rock Fall Causes Precautionary Evacuation of WIPP Underground


October Updates

October 14, 2016 - Plans Call for Controlled Withdrawal from South End of Underground

October 07, 2016 - Updates on Ground Control Activities

October 05, 2016 - Ground Control Review Identifies Additional Rock Fall

October 03, 2016 - Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

 

July Updates

July 29, 2016 - WIPP Mine Rescue Team Wins Field Competition at National Championship

July 28, 2016 - WIPP Begins Preliminary Work on New Permanent Ventilation System

July 22, 2016 - Backup Power Installed for WIPP EOC

July 15, 2016 - Status Update on WIPP Restart

July 11, 2016 - IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Abraham (Abe) Van Luik (1944-2016)

July 06, 2016 - Annual Exercise Tests WIPP Emergency Response Capabilities

 

June Updates

June 30, 2016 - New Waste Acceptance Criteria Released

June 28, 2016 - WIPP to Hold Public Meetings on Permit Modification Request

June 22, 2016 - Prestart Activities Begin at WIPP

June 02, 2016 - DSA Implemented and Cold Operations Begin

 

May Updates

May 24, 2016 - WIPP Firefighters Complete Fire Training

May 03, 2016 - Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) Approved

 

April Updates

April 15, 2016 - WIPP Blue Mine Rescue Team Wins Local Competition

April 07, 2016 - DOE, State Officials Cut Ribbon for New WIPP Emergency Operations Center

 

March Updates

March 31, 2016 - WIPP Installs Underground Personnel Notification and Tracking System

March 28, 2016 - WIPP Ends Safety Pause

March 17, 2016 - Video Highlights Accomplishments, Path Forward for WIPP

March 03, 2016 - Interim Ventilation System Tie-in Completed

 

February Updates

February 12, 2016 - Anniversary of Fire, Radiological Events Marks Major Progress at WIPP

 

January Updates

January 29, 2016 - Respiratory Protection Requirements Reduced in Parts of WIPP Underground

January 21, 2016 - Revised Schedule for Resumption of Operations in 2016 Announced

 

2015 WIPP Updates

December Updates

December 10, 2015 - WIPP Workers Perform Filter Replacement

December 04, 2015 - Ground Control Progress Continues at WIPP

 

November Updates

November 24, 2015 - Addition of Safe Havens Increases WIPP Underground Safety

November 12, 2015 - WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

 

October Updates

October 22, 2015 - WIPP Interim Ventilation System Continues to Progress

October 15, 2015 - WIPP Completes State of the Art Emergency Operations Center

October 08, 2015 - WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Top Honors at National Competition

October 01, 2015 - WIPP First Responders Earn Advanced Training Certifications

 

September Updates

September 24, 2015 - WIPP Concludes Zone Recovery Activities for Panel 7 Disposal Pathway

September 17, 2015 - WIPP Conducts Annual Full Scale Emergency Response Exercise

September 10, 2015 - WIPP Supplemental Ventilation System

 

August Updates

August 31, 2015 - DOE Announces New Manager for the Carlsbad Field Office

August 20, 2015 - New Hybrid Bolting Machine Ready for Service

August 13, 2015 - Progress Continues on Mitigation of Radiological Contamination

August 06, 2015 - WIPP Hosts Fire Protection and Emergency Response Workshop

August 05, 2015 - WIPP Activates Emergency Operations Center

 

July Updates

July 31, 2015 - WIPP Announces Schedule Changes for Resumption of Operations

July 09, 2015 - Supplemental Ventilation System Arrives at WIPP

 

June Updates

June 29, 2015 - Bryson Named Acting Manager for CBFO

June 18, 2015 - Breidenbach officially takes over as NWP President & Project Manager

June 11, 2015 - Senior DOE Officials Return to WIPP

 

May Updates

May 28, 2015 - WIPP Successfully Completes ISO 14001 Certification

May 21, 2015 - Work Begins on Interim Ventilation System

May 14, 2015 - Initial Closure of Panel 6 Complete with Work in Panel 7, Room 7, in Process

May 07, 2015 - NMED Approves Transuranic Waste Storage Extension

 

April Updates

April 30, 2015 - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and U.S Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announce ...

April 23, 2015 - WIPP Mine Rescue Team Members Train in Smoke-Filled Environment

April 16, 2015 - DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Phase II Investigation Report

April 09, 2015 - Initial Closure of Panel 6 Underway

April 02, 2015 - Technical Assessment Team issues final report

 

March Updates

March 19, 2015 - WIPP Is Center Stage at Waste Management Conference

March 13, 2015 - WIPP Begins Underground Decontamination Activities

March 05, 2015 - MOD Filter Replacements Completed Successfully

 

February Updates

February 26, 2015 - WIPP Hosts All-Hazards Planning Meeting

February 19, 2015 - WIPP Receives New Emergency Response Vehicle

February 12, 2015 - AIB: No Additional Breached Containers Contributed to WIPP Radiological Release

February 05, 2015 - Project Reach Completes Photographic Work in Room 7, Panel 7

 

January Updates

January 21, 2015 - Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

January 15, 2015 - WIPP Hosts Stakeholder Workshop

January 05, 2015 - DOE Issues Safety Assessments for Diesel-Operated Equipment Underground at WIPP

 

2014 WIPP Updates

December Updates

December 22, 2014 - False Radiological Alarm in WIPP Underground

December 18, 2014 - CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report on WIPP

December 09, 2014 - WIPP Employees Encounter Odor While Monitoring Waste Containers

December 04, 2014 - CBFO Selects Senior WIPP Recovery Manager

November Updates

November 19, 2014 - Significant Activities Resume This Week at WIPP

November 13, 2014 - Drill Program Ensures Emergency Preparedness

November 06, 2014 - WIPP Reports Air Monitoring Results Following Fan Restart

October Updates

October 28, 2014 - WIPP Continues to Restore Activities Underground

October 23, 2014 - WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

October 21, 2014 - First Liquid-Fueled Vehicle Returned to Service in WIPP Underground

October 17, 2014 - Head of EM Visits WIPP for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

October 07, 2014 - WIPP's Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

October 03, 2014 - Progress Continues in Restoring WIPP Underground

September Updates

September 30, 2014 - DOE Releases WIPP Recovery Plan

September 23, 2014 - WIPP Facilities Mostly Unscathed as SE New Mexico Deals with Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 - No Second Release at WIPP

September 12, 2014 - Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement

September 09, 2014 - Additional Areas Cleared in WIPP Underground Facility

September 05, 2014 - Personnel Completing Preparations for Underground Facility Rock Bolting Activities

September 02, 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 08, 2014 - Laboratory Accreditation Program Conducted Assessment of WIPP

August 05, 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 Concentrations

April 11, 2014 - CEMRC Press Release

April 11, 2014 - DOE Installing Additional Air Sampling Units

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

April 09, 2014 - Waste Hoist Tower Cleanup Underway

April 08, 2014 - Los Alamos Shipments to Waste Control Specialists

April 07, 2014 - EPA to Install Additional Air Monitors

April 06, 2014 - Community Meetings Scheduled

April 05, 2014 - Town Hall Questions Answered

April 04, 2014 - Base of Operations Established Closer to Expected Event Source

April 03, 2014 - Re-Entry Paves Way for Future Work Underground

April 02, 2014 - First Underground Re-Entry Complete

April 01, 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 - Community Meetings Scheduled

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 - Town Hall Questions Answered

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 WIPP HEPA Filters

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

March 17, 2014 - Internet Rumors About Safety Concerns Are Inaccurate

March 16, 2014 - Town Hall Questions Answered

March 15, 2014 - Town Hall Questions Answered

March 14, 2014 - March 13 Carlsbad Town Hall Meeting Summary

March 13, 2014 - Accident Investigation Board to Issue WIPP Fire Report March 14

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 09, 2014 - Underground Recovery Process Begins



Media Contact

Bill Taylor
U.S. Department of Energy
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
P.O. Box 3090
Carlsbad, NM 88221-2078 
Phone: (575) 234-7591
E-mail: Bill.Taylor@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