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February 13, 2016

Moniz to Visit Waste Isolation Plant

A worker takes a sample in May in Room 7 of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (Energy Department)

A worker takes a sample in May in Room 7 of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project
(Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will visit a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico next week and take part in a town hall meeting, the department announced.

The secretary will attend the town hall meeting on Monday in Carlsbad, N.M., to discuss recovery efforts at the nearby Waste Isolation Pilot Project, which remains closed following a February radiation release. He will visit the plant Tuesday.

“We have a lot to talk to Secretary Moniz about and were very much looking forward to his visit.” Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said at a meeting last month. “We believe visits to the facility should be a regular occurrence.”

The facility is a deep geologic repository for transuranic waste —  artificially made radioactive elements primarily from the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Crews enter the site on a weekly basis to maintain equipment as they investigate the cause of the release and work to restore the facility to regular use.

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