New WIPP Recovery Update

It was reported a few days ago in the local Carlsbad, NM paper that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is slowly recovering after a minor radiation leak earlier this year. Most of the underground facility is accessible again, although the number of personnel allowed underground is still limited due to some hoist issues. Hopefully, this means that the science area will reopen soon so that experiments operating at the site (the largest is the EXO-200 double beta decay experiment) can start working again. It still may be quite some time before nuclear waste operations start again.