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WIPP Oversight
Waste Management: 

EPA Response to 2014 Radioactive Release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

 

EPA is in regular contact with DOE, the New Mexico Environment Department and the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center. To date, EPA’s review of the data collected indicates:

Update

August 13, 2014: EPA completed an evaluation of DOE's WIPP Laboratories americium and plutonium results from air samples collected at the WIPP site in February and March 2014. The verification identified a number deviations from stated require¬ments or expectations. EPA's review of the calculations also identified apparent flaws in how results are calculated. The calculation errors should have minimal impact on the usability of the data that were reviewed. DOE needs to address these findings in order to provide the most defensible data possible at all times. The verification and validation report can be found at: Verification and Validation of WIPP Data Packages (PDF) (10 pg, 464KB), About PDF


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2014 WIPP Recertification

On March 26, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially submitted the third Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) to EPA, initiating the recertification process required by Congress. Recertification is not a reconsideration of the decision to open WIPP, but rather a process to verify that changes at the facility in the preceding five-year period comply with EPA's disposal standards for radioactive waste.  Please check the page below periodically for future updates.

2014 Compliance Recertification Application (Updated 6/25/14)

2009-2010 WIPP Recertification

On March 24, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially submitted the second Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) to EPA, initiating the recertification process required by Congress. Recertification is not a reconsideration of the decision to open WIPP, but rather a process to verify that changes at the facility in the preceding five-year period comply with EPA's disposal standards for radioactive waste.

EPA issued its second recertification decision for WIPP on November 18, 2010. EPA determined that the U.S. Department of Energy facility continues to comply with the Agency's waste disposal regulations and compliance criteria.

2010 WIPP Recertification Decision

2009 Compliance Recertification Application

2004-2006 WIPP Recertification

EPA issued its first recertification decision for WIPP in March 2006. EPA determined that the U.S. Deparment of Energy facility continues to comply with the Agency’s waste disposal regulations and compliance criteria.

2006 WIPP Recertification Decision

2004 Compliance Recertifcation Application

Oversight Role & Activities

About WIPP Oversight
History of EPA's involvement in the WIPP program, its role and other information

EPA's Continuing Role
     A description of EPA's oversight role that continues beyond WIPP's initial certification

Waste Characterization Inspections (Updated 6/11/14 - Site Status Tables)
Inspections of Department of Energy facilities that plan to ship waste to WIPP

Certification and Recertification Decision Documents
2006 WIPP Recertification Decision
DOE's application, technical support documents, compliance application review documents, etc.

1998 WIPP Certification Decision
Regulations, response to comments, background information documents, etc.

Dockets
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News Room (Updated 5/01/14 - WIPP Response)
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