Workers began Friday the process to test underground ventilation fans to verify that airflow can be safely reduced during the filter replacement process. New filters are required to replace those that have been capturing material since the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event.
Workers are replacing the filters in phases so that exhaust air leaving the underground facility will continue to be filtered during the activity. This is the first filter replacement to be done at WIPP, and workers will be assisted by experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Replacement work is expected to take several weeks and no entries will be made during the filter change out.
The next community meeting hosted by the City of Carlsbad and DOE is set for 5:30 p.m. June 5 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers at 101 N. Halagueno St.
Live streaming of the meeting can be seen at http://new.livestream.com/rrv/.