Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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WIPP Disaster Recovery and Restart: Emergency Management Improvements

Mar 10, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Courtyard by Marriott in Santa Fe
David Stuhan, Division Leader, Security and Emergency Operations Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Evelyn Mullen
(505) 665-7576

Event Description

The presentation will discuss the two major incidents that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in February 2014, which included an underground fire and a thermo-deflagration of a transuranic radiological waste drum, releasing radiological material to the environment and contaminating some parts of the mine.

The two incidents occurred within a two-week period, and caused a long road of recovery and restart activities. Although WIPP had to recover most of their Safety Management Programs, such as Fire Protection, Maintenance, Work Planning, Radiological Control, etc., this presentation will focus on the intensive recovery of the Emergency Management Program, which had to rebuild confidence that the site had the capability to protect workers, public, property, and environment from all hazards. The presentation will highlight the need to invest into emergency management as a priority, the importance of being prepared for small and large incidents, and the need to follow your emergency plans and procedures for a good outcome.

Register for the dinner by March 6 so that we can provide an accurate count to the caterers. You can register for the dinner via PayPal or credit card. When registering online, enter your name, affiliation (ANS, HPS, etc.) and any dietary restrictions you may have in the special instructions/comment field before you finalize payment. The cost for this meeting is $35 per person paid in advance, $40 per person at the door, and $15 for students and children. We have included an option on our website that allows you to pay your 2017 Trinity Section dues when you sign up for the dinner meeting.

Whether you pay your 2017 dues with the dinner registration, pay your dues separately, or are exempt from dues (students or emeritus members), complete the Membership Form so that we have your current contact and interest information.

  • 6 p.m. -  social hour
  • 7 p.m. -  dinner
  • 7:45  p.m. -  speakers' talks will begin