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March 28, 2018
Waste handlers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant place containers of transuranic waste 2,150 feet underground in Panel 7. Waste containers shipped from DOE generator sites across the country are stacked in waste panels mined out of an ancient salt bed.
WIPP’s Future is ‘Bright,” Officials Say at Waste Management Conference
EM and contractor officials discussed here last week the path forward for WIPP following the resumption of waste shipments to the facility.
February 27, 2018
Employees hold signs denoting the milestone of relocating 9 million tons of uranium mill tailings from the Moab Site.
Moab Site Marks Milestone of Moving 9 Million Tons of Mill Tailings to Disposal Cell
EM has reached a milestone of moving 9 million tons of uranium mill tailings from the Moab Site in Utah to the dedicated disposal cell.
February 27, 2018
Railcars await shipments scheduled to depart the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant over a newly repaired drainage culvert.
Paducah Site Restores Rail Service to Support Cleanup, DUF6 Operations
Railroad tracks to and from Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant recently returned to service after a failed drainage culvert forced a temporary closure.
November 14, 2017
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9.
WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
November 7, 2017
A new 50,000-pound cask carrying low-level waste leaves the Idaho Site en route to an offsite disposal site.
Idaho Site to Accelerate Low-Level Waste Shipments for Disposal
A new shipping cask design enables EM’s Idaho Site to significantly increase nuclear waste shipments for disposal.
November 7, 2017
WIPP has received 102 shipments from generator sites around the country.
WIPP Surpasses 100 Shipments Since April
Saturday marked the 100th shipment to arrive at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since transuranic waste shipments to the facility resumed in April.
September 12, 2017
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant employees pose for a photo to celebrate the resumption of transuranic waste shipments to the facility.
WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment Since April
EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
June 28, 2017
A driver transports transuranic waste to WIPP.
WIPP’s Elite Drivers Receive Rigorous Training to Safely Transport TRU Waste
Drivers who transport transuranic (TRU) waste to WIPP are trucking industry veterans with impeccable driving and safety records.
June 28, 2017
Stan and Linda Taylor in front of a WIPP truck
Duo Has Safety Transported WIPP Shipments Over 5 Million Miles in 20 Years
The EM Carlsbad Field Office requires two drivers or a team transport a transuranic (TRU) waste shipment to WIPP.
August 15, 2016
Uranium mill tailings from EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project are transported to an engineered disposal cell near Crescent Junction, Utah.
No Recordable Accidents in 17,000 Waste Shipments Across 3.4 Million Miles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – No U.S. Department of Transportation recordable accidents resulted from DOE’s nearly 17,000 radioactive, hazardous material and...

January 14, 2016
Ron Hafner with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory lectures for a course in San Ramon, Calif. on packaging and transporting radioactive material.
EM, University of Nevada, Reno Team on “Packaging University”

A burgeoning relationship between EM and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is giving new depth and breadth to a program that trains students and...