Bingaman, Udall urge more WIPP funding

September 29, 2011 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s two [auth] U.S. senators are urging for more funding at the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports ( that U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall recently sent their request in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water.

The Democrats are seeking $30 million more at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. That increase would bring WIPP’s total funding to $220 million, including waste processing that takes place in other states and transportation of waste to the facility.

The letter comes after manager of WIPP announced last week plans to trim more jobs.

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