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EM Field Operations Leader Tours Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Nicole Nelson-Jean talks to Carlsbad Field Office Deputy (CBFO) Manager Ed Garza during a tour of the underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). In a visit to the site on Oct. 21 and 22, Nelson-Jean met with CBFO Manager Reinhard Knerr to get an update on progress WIPP has made while adapting to challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including receiving an average of five waste shipments a week, maintaining ground control, mining for a new waste disposal panel, and continuing progress on all infrastructure projects. Nelson-Jean also met with community leaders to discuss the future of WIPP.

EM Field Operations Leader Tours Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Nuclear Waste Partnership Capital Infrastructure Manager Steve Smith, left, shows construction progress at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant utility shaft to EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Nicole Nelson-Jean as Robert Crosby, Chief Engineer and Chief of Staff for EM Field Operations, takes notes.

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