DOE partners with New Mexico agency on waste transportation


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Energy Department’s Carlsbad Field Office is partnering with the state of New Mexico to coordinate activities that will ensure the safe transport of radioactive waste to the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository.

The five-year cooperative agreement awarded to the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department is worth $6.8 million.

Officials say the focus will include monitoring activities, emergency response training and planning and public awareness.

Federal officials have said the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is expected to resume limited operations before the end of the year.

The repository was closed in February 2014 following a radiation leak caused by a container of waste that had been inappropriately packed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The incident stalled waste shipments from defense-related sites around the country. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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