On Feb. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a workshop in Carlsbad to discuss the detailed budget and schedule to re-open the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in December 2016.
Despite having spent about $500 million in the two years that WIPP has been shut down, few significant schedule milestones have been met.
The formal budget and schedule document is called the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). The PMB is for the period of Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2017, which is the time remaining on the management contract for Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP). The total WIPP cost during those two years is $740 million.