Interim Manager Named At WIPP As DOE Moves To Open Waste Facility.
Amid small steps toward opening the nuclear waste disposal facility, the Energy Department tapped a senior official at its Rocky Flats facility to serve as interim manager of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, is the world's first underground repository licensed to safely and permanently dispose of transuranic radioactive waste that is left from the research and production of nuclear weapons. in New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). .
Keith Klein, deputy manager at Rocky Flats since 1994, will serve as acting manager of DOE's Carlsbad, N.M., office until a permanent successor is chosen.
Klein's appointment follows a long lapse in leadership at WIPP WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
WIPP Women Impacting Public Policy
WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Project
WiPP Working in Partnership Programme (UK; NHS General Medical Services)
WIPP Wireless Internet Protocol Partnership following the resignation of George Dials as WIPP manager in June. DOE appears to be having trouble finding a replacement for Dials; it said it interviewed candidates in July, but was expanding its search for a new manager.
Meanwhile, DOE is making progress in resolving its dispute with the New Mexico Environment Department over opening WIPP to waste shipments.
Specifically, DOE Monday sent New Mexican New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.
A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912. officials sampling results for radioactive wastes radioactive waste, material containing the unusable radioactive byproducts of the scientific, military, and industrial applications of nuclear energy. Since its radioactivity presents a serious health hazard (see radiation sickness), disposing of such material is a that would represent the first shipment to WIPP. The sampling was demanded by state officials as proof that the wastes did not contain any state-regulated toxic residues, which would be illegal to place in WIPP because the state has not yet issued a permit for the facility to handle toxic wastes toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, that can cause death or injury to living creatures. It usually is the product of industry or commerce, but comes also from residential use, agriculture, the military, medical facilities, radioactive sources, and .
DOE officials sought to send the wastes at issue to WIPP this summer, saying they contained solely radioactive materials radioactive material Radiation A substance that contains unstable–radioactive–atoms that give off radiation as they decay. See Radioactive decay. and thus were not subject to state regulation.
A spokesman for the New Mexico Environment Department said Tuesday the state likely would assess DOE's sampling results within a few weeks. However, he said the state could not currently commit to a DOE-requested Nov. 30 deadline for deciding on the first shipments.
Most other DOE wastes to be sent to WIPP will contain toxic residues and thus must await issuance of the state permit.
State officials Friday released for public comment a revised draft permit, and said they were on track to issue the final permit by September 1999.