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Carlsbad residents optimistic WIPP will boost economy

Leonard Tapia
January 05, 2017 06:51 PM

CARLSBAD – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad is back in business.

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“I’m looking forward to it,” said Shamrock Hall, a local Carlsbad resident.

WIPP overhauled its safety procedures after two incidents at the facility, a leak and a fire in 2014.

When WIPP is fully operating, it has a $400 million economic impact a year in New Mexico and directly or indirectly employs nearly 3000 people. That means big money and lots of jobs.

“Well, the people have been out of work for a while who work there and will now be able to start supporting their families again,” Hall said.

Local business owners are also hoping the reopening of WIPP will bring more businesses to the area.

 “I think it will definitely grow the economy. I and my store have seen a lot of WIPP people. I hope to see a lot more,” said Elaine Mead-Murphy, owner of Candlewood Cards & Gifts.

There are also expectations that the reopening of WIPP could attract more business.

“I think it will help bring in, for example, more restaurants because they have expectations. They are very educated people and they definitely contribute - the ones who are here - contribute enormously I think to the whole economy,” said Mead-Murphy.

In the meantime, people who live in Carlsbad are remaining optimistic.

“I think that everyone will benefit from that,” she said.

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Leonard Tapia

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