Work complete on nuclear waste dump's emergency operations center

Associated Press

Work complete on nuclear waste dump's emergency operations center

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work is complete on a new state-of-the-art emergency operations center at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

The center is housed with the U.S. Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office inside the Skeen-Whitlock Building. It was remodeled over the past several months to include the new operations center.

Upgrades include new computers, wall-mounted monitors and interactive message boards.

Software changes will allow for the sharing of information between the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and state and local public safety agencies.

WIPP shut down last year after part of the underground storage facility was contaminated by a breached drum of radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The closure is indefinite, and the cost of reopening the repository has been pegged at more than a half-billion dollars.

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