Officials say WIPP cannot reopen in March as planned.
The DOE has released the following statement:
“While the WIPP recovery program continues to make significant progress, the original target date of March 2016 for resuming waste emplacement operations is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues.”
Officials say those issues include the need for better safety standards and to resolve problems with the ventilation system.
Dana Bryson at the DOE’s field office in Carlsbad has not provided a new date.