A town hall meeting to discuss the recovery progress at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is being held this Thursday.
The town hall was postponed from taking place at the beginning of the month until this Thursday, due to a scheduling conflict.
The town hall will start art 5:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, and WIPP officials will discuss recent activities taking place at the repository in order to complete the recovery process.
Workers at WIPP are currently working on finishing the installation of the Interim Ventilation System.
According to a news release, workers at WIPP have poured concrete pads and the filter units have been installed on the concrete pads in their final positions.
The IVS is one part of the new ventilation system at WIPP that will ensure safety in case of radioactive release.
“In the event that work being performed in the underground would cause radioactive to become airborne, these filters are designed to capture the particles, preventing release to the environment,” the news release said.
The IVS consists of two fans that draw air from out of the underground and of High Efficiency Particulate Air filter units that filter the air in the underground before it is released into the environment.
Duct work also needs to be installed to connect the IVS to the existing ventilation system at the site.
The IVS will be used with already existing HEPA filters and fans at the facility, “significantly increasing the overall amount of airflow in the underground.”
With increased airflow in the WIPP underground it will increase the amount of work that can be down in the underground at once, as well as allow more diesel-fueled equipment to be used.
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