Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M.
CARLSBAD — The weeklong rains that drenched Eddy County only slightly impacted recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
WIPP came away “mostly unscathed” from the September storms according to Department of Energy officials, who also reported two brief partial power outages at the waste disposal facility that delayed entries underground last week.
Since Sept. 12, areas of Carlsbad and Eddy County received about 15 inches of rain that wreaked havoc on infrastructure and left dozens of people stranded.
Managers with the WIPP Emergency Management Department and several members of the Joint Information Center provided “around-the-clock support” to the Eddy County Emergency Operations Center over the weekend and on Monday, with half a dozen trained emergency response and communications professionals answering incoming calls and providing other support, offiicals said.
WIPP is located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad. Operations were halted after a truck fire underground on Feb. 5.
The DOE reported that employees made several entries into the underground facility over the weekend and on Monday to continue assessing underground radiological and ground conditions. Workers have begun maintenance on diesel and gas-powered equipment necessary to resume operations in support of underground rock bolting activities that will ensure stable ground conditions.
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