A shipment of transuranic waste approaches EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Photo Courtesy DOE-EM
Just before midnight on June 27, EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began there in 1999.
The shipment originated from the EM program at Idaho National Laboratory, which has sent WIPP the most TRU waste shipments — 6,500 and counting — of all DOE generator sites over the past 20 years.
WIPP drivers have safely traveled over 14.9 million loaded miles, transporting more than 178,500 waste containers for permanent disposal 2,150 feet underground. WIPP transportation protocols are among the most stringent in the commercial transportation industry, ensuring each shipment departs generator sites — and arrives at WIPP — completely defect free.