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December 5, 2013
WIPP environmental and operations personnel gather next to pallets that will be provided to the local community as part of WIPP’s wood waste diversion program.
WIPP Doubles Solid Waste Reduction Rate in Fiscal Year 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) almost doubled its solid waste reduction rate from 15.5 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 33 percent in fiscal year 2013 through programs that diverted WIPP’s wood waste from the municipal landfill by reusing, repurposing or recycling.

November 26, 2013
Carlsbad Field Office’s Abe Van Luik, third from right, examines rock salt taken from the Morsleben mine in Germany.
WIPP Shares Expertise with Salt Club Members

EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) participated in the second meeting of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s (NEA) Salt Club and the 4th U.S.-German Workshop on Salt Repository Research, Design & Operation in Berlin.

November 20, 2013
Advanced techniques allowed crews at Los Alamos National Laboratory to decontaminate large boxes of waste so it could be shipped as mixed low-level rather than transuranic waste.
EM’s Los Alamos TRU Waste Campaign Heads Toward Completion

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The safe and steady progress in repackaging and shipping legacy waste has resulted in another record-setting year for the EM program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

November 14, 2013
Approximately 1.8 million tons of salt have been mined out of the underground at WIPP.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Excavated Salt Agreement Supports Conservation Education, Other Public Initiatives

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Proceeds from a unique arrangement that turned excavated salt from EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) into a usable commodity have supported an array of public projects, including field trips focusing on conservation education for about 600 elementary-age students.

November 7, 2013
This past summer, Sandia National Laboratories hosted the 2013 Robot Rodeo – a 10-event technical challenge that determines the best robot designs for diffusing dangerous situations. The rodeo is a free event that usually includes entries from police departments and military bases in nearby states.
 
By developing these technologies, robots could potentially remove the danger to humans from the first response to unknown or dangerous situations. Challenges typically include diffusing a trip wire or boring a hole through a wall to peer through with an electronic eye.
 
In this photo, a robot investigates a bomb threat challenge at an arcade. The operators are not allowed to turn on the lights or turn off the machines, complicating the challenge. | Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
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October 30, 2013
Hnin Khaing of WIPP Laboratories checks a radiological sample, similar to what would be analyzed in an event like the one simulated in the exercise to test national readiness to respond to a large radiological event.
Program Led by EM's Carlsbad Field Office Joins Emergency Response in National Exercise

CARLSBAD, N.M. – For the first time, a program led by EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that coordinates analytical capabilities throughout DOE for response to potential radiological incidents joined an exercise to test national readiness for such an event.

September 30, 2013
Audit Report: OAS-M-13-09

The Resumption of Criticality Experiments Facility Operations at the Nevada National Security Site

September 30, 2013
WIPP’s 700th defense-related RH-TRU waste shipment was transported in an RH-72B shipping package. The shipment from the Idaho site arrived Sept. 12.
Milestone Shipment Arrives at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. – On Sept. 12, 2013, the 700th shipment of remote-handled (RH) transuranic (TRU) waste reached the gate at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

August 29, 2013
Jal, N.M., City Manager Curtis Schrader talks with RSIP members about roadway safety needs in his community.
Southeastern New Mexico's First SafetyFest Set for September

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The first SafetyFest of southeastern New Mexico will be held in Carlsbad next month as a result of the efforts of the Southeastern N.M. Roadway Safety Integrated Project (RSIP).

August 2, 2013
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Blue Mine Rescue Team Captain Gary Kessler (right) receives an award from Neal Merrifield, administrator for the Mine Safety and Health Administration Metal/Non-Metal mines, after Kessler was inducted into the National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 2013.
WIPP Employee Inducted Into Mine Rescue Hall of Fame - WIPP Teams Recognized at National Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M., August 2, 2013 - Long-time Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) employee Gary Kessler was inducted into the Metal/Non-Metal National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 2013 at the biennial mine rescue competition in Reno, Nevada.