National Cleanup Workshop Revitalizing WIPPs Infrastructure September 12,

National Cleanup Workshop Revitalizing WIPPs Infrastructure September 12,

National Cleanup Workshop Revitalizing WIPPs Infrastructure September 12, 2019 Kirk Lachman Acting Manager, Carlsbad Field Office www.energy.gov/EM 1 How Did We Get Here? WIPP construction completed in 1980s Designed as a pilot project with a 35 year operational life; decommissioning

originally scheduled to begin in 2014-15 During American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, shipments were dramatically increased to an average of 20+/week Updated TRU waste inventory shows need to keep WIPP viable to at least 2050 Groundbreaking Sinking First Shaft www.energy.gov/EM

2 Aging Infrastructure www.energy.gov/EM 3 Reinvesting in WIPPs Future More than $500 million in capital projects Safety

Significant Confinement Ventilation System www.energy.gov/EM 4 Capital Projects Status SSCVS Progress SSCVS Fabrication Assembly Building foundation slab has been poured Subcontractor is making preparations for

steel erection First filter housing has successfully passed formal housing and filter banks testing Two diesel generators manufactured and delivered First de-duster components fabricated in Germany have been tested in Germany, and then sent to Grand Junction CO. Exhaust Fans are being fabricated in Pulaski Tennessee www.energy.gov/EM 5

Capital Projects Status Utility Shaft Installing utility duct bank from the site to the general shaft area. Final grading of the 22 acre section required for the Shaft and Drifts contractor has commenced and will be completed in August North Access Road Bypass The cut and fill has been completed All the cattle crossings have been installed The City of Carlsbad has installed the water line valves and thrust blocks

www.energy.gov/EM 6 General Plant Projects Replacement air compressors Salt hoist repair Underground substation replacement Substations 1 & 3 Replacement Above Ground Airline Replacement WIPP Site Fire Loops Phases 1-4 Central Monitoring Room Upgrades

www.energy.gov/EM 7 General Plant Projects Site Infrastructure Backbone Upgrade Lightning Array Upgrade Safety Significant Fire Suppression Design Public Address System Upgrade Design Hybrid Bolter Purchase

www.energy.gov/EM 8 Improving Underground Infrastructure WIPP underground operations personnel were unable to perform ground control for almost 9 months after the 2014 events It took several months of catchup bolting to return to steady state ground control Moving toward use of batteryelectric or Tier IV final (low emissions) diesel powered vehicles

www.energy.gov/EM 9 Conclusion Reinvesting in WIPPs infrastructure allows DOE to complete TRU waste cleanup We are continuing to move forward in order to complete our important mission We are also looking for ways to modernize WIPP

www.energy.gov/EM 10 Questions? www.energy.gov/EM 11

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