NM senators ask Obama to rethink WIPP budget

WIPP workers

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s U.S. Senators want president Obama to rethink his proposed budget for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say they’re asking the president to make revisions to his plan and send an amendment to congress.

The president’s original budget requested $220 million to maintain and operate WIPP, but it did not account for the impact of the two recent accidents, a truck fire and the radioactive materials leak in February which has shut down the plant.

The recovery operation continues there and there’s no timeline as to when the plant will reopen.

Udall and Heinrich say they want to make sure there’s enough money for the work that needs to be done at the plant.

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