Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a deep geologic repository for permanent disposal of a specific type of waste that is the byproduct of the nation's nuclear defense program. WIPP is the nation's only repository for the disposal of nuclear waste known as transuranic, or TRU, waste. Two incidents occurred in February 2014 that led to the shutdown of the facility – a February 5 salt haul truck caught fire and on February 14 an unrelated radiation release. The following documents are related to efforts to recovery the facility and to safely and efficiently resume operations. WIPP resumed operations in December 2016. Further information about the WIPP Recovery efforts can be found on the WIPP web site at http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/recovery.html or click on the image above.