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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)



WIPP is the nation's first facility for deep geological disposal of transuranic radioactive waste (TRU). It has been developed by the U.S. Department of Energy in southeastern New Mexico, about 26 miles east of Carlsbad. Public Law 102-579, also called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act (WIPP LWA) withdrew an area of 10,240 acres from public use in October 1992.

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