Created: 08/03/2013 4:28 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
WIPP gets state approval for opening new wing
CALRSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Environment Department has approved the start of operations in a new segment of the federal government's nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad.
The area known as Panel 7 was put through an extensive review and certification process before the state signed off on the opening of the new wing.
Officials tell the Carlsbad Current-Argus that the area underwent mining and outfitting, which included the installation of electricity, monitoring equipment and air regulating bulkheads.
Panel 7 will begin to receive defense-related waste, including such things as clothing, tools and other debris, once Panel 6 has been filled. Operations could start as soon as this month.
WIPP is authorized to mine one more panel. A request for any additional panels must be made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/
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