Waste Isolation Pilot Plant-WIPP Exhibit

Journey into a world where technology meets environmental stewardship. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) exhibit, was recently renovated to educate visitors on revolutionary waste management practices to ensure the safest disposal solutions to man-made radioactive materials. Explore a captivating exhibit that showcases the state-of-the-art containment systems, and rigorous monitoring protocols that ensure the protection of human health and the environment.

What is WIPP?

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation’s only licensed geological repository for the safe disposal of transuranic waste generated by decades of atomic energy defense activities and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

WIPP is located 33 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the Chihuahuan Desert, far from major population centers.

Deep natural salt beds offered the ideal medium for the permanent disposal of waste that would remain radioactive for thousands of years. The WIPP facility began operation in 1999 and has received over 13,000 shipments that were safely transported more than 16 million cumulative miles.