Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to evaluate NNSA’s plans to ship, receive, and place surplus plutonium in WIPP and share the Academies’ understanding of the impacts of these plans on WIPP. A new interim report provides a preliminary assessment of the general viability of NNSA’s conceptual plans.
The chair and other members of the committee that is conducting the study and wrote the interim report will present their findings and recommendations, and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 1 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 30.
Advance copies of Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report, 2018 will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 29. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 30. To obtain a copy of the report, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202.334.2138 or email email@example.com.