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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)


The WIPP is a DOE facility for the disposal of transuranic mixed waste (combined hazardous and radioactive waste) in a geological repository (a salt bed 2,150 feet below the land surface). The facility is located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico (P.O. Box 3090; Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221), in Eddy County.

The WIPP is regulated under:

  • A Compliance Certification Approval (40 CFR Parts 191 and 194) for radioactive waste from the EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air; and

  • A Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit (40 CFR Parts 264 and 270) for hazardous wastes from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).


Radiation Compliance Certification Application, Federal Contact:

  • Mr. Nick Stone (Coordinator, EPA Environmental Engineer)
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1445 Ross Avenue (6PD-O)
    Dallas, Texas 75202-2733
    Telephone Number: (214) 665-7226
    FAX (214) 665-7263
    E-Mail Address: stone.nick@epamail.epa.gov

Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Permit Application, State Contact:

  • Mr. John Kieling, Bureau Chief
    Hazardous Waste Bureau
    New Mexico Environment Department
    P.O. Box 26110
    Santa Fe, NM 87502
    Telephone Number: (505) 476-6035
    FAX (505)-476-6030
    E-Mail Address: john.kieling@state.nm.us

Other Sources of Information Additional information is available from the EPA Headquarters Home Pages at: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/wipp/index.html

A keyword search from the EPA Headquarter Office of Air and Radiation is available at: http://www.epa.gov/oar/keywords/w.html

The EPA's electronic bulletin board, the Technology Transfer Network (TTN), provides on-line information regarding EPA's WIPP oversight program. Using computer equipment, anyone may access WIPP documents through this network. The TTN can be accessed for the cost of a long distance phone call, using telecommunications software and a modem, at (919) 541-5742. The TTN bulletin board may be reached via Telnet at: ttnbbs.rtpnc.epa.gov. For assistance in accessing the network, call the Help Desk at (919) 541-5384 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, or leave a message on the toll-free WIPP Information Line at (800) 331-WIPP.

The WIPP Information Line (800) 331-WIPP contains recorded messages about upcoming EPA WIPP activities such as meeting, hearings, publications, and other important items. Callers can request a WIPP publication or ask a question of EPA Staff (which will be answered by phone). Messages are available in English or Spanish. Callers can also add their names to the WIPP Mailing List.

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