Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) administers the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which is the only currently operating, deep-geological nuclear repository in the world. The WIPP provides for the safe disposal of long-lived, defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste and began operations in March 1999.

The CBFO has developed an international cooperative program to continue scientific investigations. The purpose of this program is to promote solutions to nuclear waste management issues, and it consists of three parts:

1. Timely and cost-effective acquisition of data and information;

2. Timely and cost-effective sharing of WIPP data and information; and

3. International outreach promoting a) Carlsbad/WIPP-based multi-national collaborations and partnerships, and b) the recognition of the CBFO as an international source and resource in radioactive waste management and disposal.

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