New Mexico Nuclear Waste Repository Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Primavera Magazine

In the high desert of southeastern New Mexico where wind sweeps through low brush in a stark terrain, specially equipped trucks arrive at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to unload radioactive cargo at the world’s first underground repository of its kind. The facility, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), celebrated five years of operation in March.


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