How do we track TRU waste?
All the TRU waste shipped and disposed of at WIPP is tracked by a database of containers and volumes of TRU. This is done by documenting all information on how a TRU waste stream was created and managed. Documentation methods include historical records such as sampling and assay records; quality control data and information about the process that generated the waste; physically opening and examining the waste while videotaping its contents; and radiography.
WIPP community outreach
According to WIPP, leadership and staff contribute actively in community outreach programs within the region. The facility engages surrounding schools from elementary to college levels to educate students about the process. Additionally, a quarterly WIPP Town Hall meeting is held at the Carlsbad City Hall and is open to all members of the public, as well as being available in real-time on the internet. In the December 2018 meeting, WIPP presented 2018-2019 community commitment plan with $500,000 monetary donations and 2,500 volunteer hours.
A low-level waste repository
In 2014, there were incidents resulting in a cost of $500 million and three years of cleanup. On the legal side, WIPP is subject to Transportation Safety Plan laws and regulations , including congressional WIPP Land Withdraw Act , Environmental Protection Agency certification, Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Act. The Land Withdraw Act prohibits WIPP from accepting any spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste, even for testing purposes. Therefore, WIPP remains a low-level waste (LLW) repository.
U.S. Dept of Energy, WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant)