WIPP takes step towards reopening

Workers at WIPP on Thursday moved simulated nuclear waste to prepare for resumed emplacement operations.

The DOE watched as radiation control technicians and waste handlers did this as part of the Management Self Assessment process.

The Current-Argus reports this process should have taken three hours, but various delays pushed it back to five.

The Management Self Assessment team has issued a report to WIPP officials with recommendations on issues they have seen during simulations that need correcting.

The DOE’s operational readiness review determines whether or not the facility can reopen.