CARLSBAD, NM - A team of Department of Energy experts is evaluating the readiness of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository to emplacing waste for storage.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico has been closed since February 2014 due to a radiation release, and the Energy Department team arrived at the facility on Monday for a two-week review.
According to the department, the team will examine the facility's proficiency in receiving and handling waste shipments. Other review subjects include maintenance, operations, fire safety, radiological controls, emergency management and safety processes.
There's a backlog of waste at sites around the country that needs to be shipped to the facility for permanent disposal
State environmental regulators also will inspect WIPP.
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