CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico Republican Representative Steve Pearce is introducing legislation to expand the mission of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, in Carlsbad.
Pearce says that because the plant only handles radioactive waste generated by the Department of Energy as part of a defense mission, it's running out of material to process and that will mean a loss of jobs.
Pearce says that under his bill, there would be no change in what type of waste WIPP handles.
The site currently processes exposed materials from federal facilities like Los Alamos National Laboratory. But it would be allowed to accept transuranic waste from the federal government as a whole.
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