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Construction projects ongoing at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Throughout the facilities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, numerous projects continued to upgrade the facility that disposes of nuclear waste underground and allow it to continue its mission.

A two-month pause in primary operations – disposal of nuclear waste and mining space to do so – was completed earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, it’s longest annual maintenance outage to date that saw almost 100 projects completed in the underground and at the surface.

Meanwhile, WIPP is underway with renewing its operating permit with the State of New Mexico, which could extend its lifetime beyond 2024 as was prescribed in the past permit.

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