Lab doing what it can to help WIPP facility

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is doing its part to help the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant get to the bottom of what caused the radiation leak. The lab also is helping in WIPP’s remediation efforts even though the facility still is closed.
According to lab spokesperson Patti Jones, the lab has a program group called Repository Science and Operations permanently located in Carlsbad that routinely supports WIPP operations. This group of about 60 people is part of the Associate Directorate of Environmental Programs.
“About half of the staff and has been supporting WIPP recovery since February in a variety of roles, from radiological and waste signature analysis to involvement with the mobile loading team,” said Jeff Mousseau, associate director of environmental programs.
According to Jones, the laboratory provided a radiological controls expert who provided support for initial radiological survey planning and a team of carpenters who provided support to prepare for HEPA filter inspections and evaluations.
“We also provided a crew that conducted HEPA filter testing,” Jones said.
Jones added that the robotics effort was a collaboration between Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory. LANL provided both a robot and an operator for this effort, she said.

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