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Federal team at WIPP nuclear storage site to evaluate readiness

The Associated Press
November 16, 2016 05:19 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A team of Department of Energy experts is evaluating the readiness of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

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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. There's a backlog of waste at sites around the country that needs to be shipped to the facility for permanent disposal. 

Other review subjects include maintenance, operations, fire safety, radiological controls, emergency management and safety processes.

State environmental regulators also will inspect WIPP.

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