WIPP News (Updated 12/3/13 - Panel Closure Redesign Proposed Rule)
Up-to-date information on WIPP oversight, including planned change requests, reports, and outreach activities
2009-2010 WIPP Recertification
On March 24, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially submitted the second Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) to EPA, initiating the recertification process required by Congress. Recertification is not a reconsideration of the decision to open WIPP, but rather a process to verify that changes at the facility in the preceding five-year period comply with EPA's disposal standards for radioactive waste.
EPA issued its second recertification decision for WIPP on November 18, 2010. EPA determined that the U.S. Department of Energy facility continues to comply with the Agency's waste disposal regulations and compliance criteria.
2004-2006 WIPP Recertification
EPA issued its first recertification decision for WIPP in March 2006. EPA determined that the U.S. Deparment of Energy facility continues to comply with the Agency’s waste disposal regulations and compliance criteria.2006 WIPP Recertification Decision
Oversight Role & Activities
About WIPP Oversight
history of EPA's involvement in the WIPP program, its role and other information
EPA's Continuing Role
a description of EPA's oversight role that continues beyond WIPP's initial certification
Waste Characterization Inspections (Updated 7/16/13 - Site Status Tables)
announces inspections of Department of Energy facilities that plan to ship waste to WIPP
Certification and Recertification Decision Documents
2006 WIPP Recertification Decision
DOE's application, technical support documents, compliance application review documents, etc.
1998 WIPP Certification Decision
regulations, response to comments, background information documents, etc.
locations and operating hours of publicly available WIPP records
News & Information
fact sheets, independent reports, brochures, WIPP Bulletins, and guides
related information on this and other web sites
searchable database of answers to questions about WIPP