Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
The mission of the Waste
Isolation Pilot Plant site is to provide permanent,
underground disposal of TRU and TRU-mixed wastes
(wastes that also have hazardous chemical components).
TRU waste consists of clothing, tools, and debris
left from the research and production of nuclear
weapons. TRU waste is contaminated with small amounts
of plutonium and other TRU radioactive elements.
Over the next 35 years, WIPP is expected to receive
approximately 175,000 cubic meters of waste from
various DOE sites.