WIPP waste dump site seeks recertification

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CARLSBAD — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to recertify its nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad.The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which turns 10 on Thursday, must seek recertification every five years to demonstrate it complies with EPA regulations for disposing of radioactive waste.

WIPP, excavated in salt beds 2,150 feet below the surface of the southern New Mexico desert, is designed for waste generated by the nation’s defense work largely such things as plutonium-contaminated rags, tools or clothing.



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