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New legislation revives WIPP.

On Oct. 31, President Bush signed a law clearing away obstacles to tests of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., a facility for storing nuclear-defense wastes. The bill transferred 10,240 acres of land -- containing WIPP -- from the Interior Department to the Energy Department. It also gives the Environmental Protection Agency 10 months to set standards characterizing the wastes that can be stored at WIPP during the initial five-year tests. DOE has been spending about $14 million per month to maintain the $1.1 billion facility in a standby mode since its completion in October of last year.
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Title Annotation:Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will be managed by Energy Department and waste-storage standards will be set
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 21, 1992
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