Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

WIPP Elevated to 'Field Office'.(New Mexico)

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

New Status Allows For Science Research

WASHINGTON The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad will soon become much more than a high-tech nuclear dumping ground, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced Friday.

During a ceremony celebrating the arrival of three trucks of nuclear waste, Richardson elevated Department of Energy's Carlsbad office to "field office" status, meaning more important science should occur at WIPP.

Under the new designation, the Carlsbad office and WIPP will create cutting-edge waste storage technologies that can be shared with the international community, Richardson said. …

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