EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, fourth, from left, joins in the groundbreaking of a new underground ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
CARLSBAD ― EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joined local community leaders here last week to break ground for a new and improved underground ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The system will significantly increase airflow in the WIPP underground, permitting simultaneous mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting, and maintenance activities. This allows WIPP crews to emplace waste at a rate that meets the needs of the EM complex.
At the groundbreaking, White said the system is “crucial for WIPP and essential for completion of the EM mission.”