Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Trucks Log 10 Million Miles

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Trucks carrying radioactive material to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recently logged 10 million miles.

That's over 11 years of hauling waste left from nuclear weapons research and production to southeastern New Mexico.

Department of Energy Carlsbad field office manager Dave Moody said more than 8,400 shipments have arrived by truck.

With roundtrips factored in, Moody said trucks carrying radioactive material have traveled 20 million miles on the nation's highways without a serious injury or release of radioactive material.

Waste temporarily stored at sites around the country is shipped to WIPP and permanently disposed of in rooms mined out of an ancient salt formation 2,150 feet below the surface.