WIPP getting closer to being fully operational

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE)– The nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository is getting closer and closer to being fully operational.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad resumed operations back in December after a radiation leak forced its shut-down in 2014.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the U.S. Department of Energy has now resolved five out of fifteen remaining corrections that needed to be made after reopening.

The other ten are expected to be addressed in early 2017.

The DOE says those actions include things like obtaining spare parts and hiring more personnel.

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