March 2001
Volume 53    Issue 3

Dry, visible, salt-dust filtration of the face exhuast air at the WIPP

Mining Engineering , 2001, Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 26-29
McDaniel, K.H.; Griswold, L.; Kelleher, J.; Saulters, R.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the first operating deep geologic disposal facility for radioactive waste in the United States. It is designed to permanently isolate from the biosphere transuranic waste left from the research and production of nuclear weapons. The WIPP is located in southeastern New Mexico, 43 km (26 miles) east of Carlsbad. Project facilities include disposal rooms excavated in an ancient (about 250 million years old) stable salt formation 660 m (2,150 ft) underground. Transuranic waste consists of clothing, tools, rags and other items contaminated with trace amounts of radioactive elements, mostly plutonium.

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