Department of Energy, WGA renew pact to ensure safe transport of transuranic waste


The Western Governors' Association and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week renewed their cooperative agreement to coordinate and oversee shipments, and provide training to safety officials for transportation of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M.

The WIPP Transportation Technical Advisory Group includes Governor-appointed state officials from 12 western states.

WGA serves as the primary point of contact to DOE on the shipment of TRU to WIPP, as well as on inter-site transfers between DOE facilities. TRU is low-level, defense-generated radioactive waste. The five-year renewal extends the agreement to June 30, 2021.

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