WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation capability to support continued training requirements, emergency response exercises and potential inter-site shipments. WIPP continues to focus all efforts on recovering the facility and returning to full operations.

The city of Carlsbad and DOE will co-host a town hall meeting featuring updates on WIPP recovery activities. The meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 101 N. Halagueno Street. Live streaming can be seen at http://new.livestream.com/rrv/.