Shipments and emplacement of nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were halted for almost a month in January as workers completed numerous maintenance projects on the surface and in the underground repository.
The outage started at the beginning of the year and continued until Jan. 27, including four days without electrical power to the facility.
“The planning and teamwork demonstrated by all the organizations involved in the outage was amazing,” said Gene Balsmeier, Nuclear Waste Partnership chief operating officer and deputy project manager. “We turned them loose, and they went and did it.”
Here is a list of the major project achieved by WIPP workers during the maintenance outage.