Last week, Florida International University – Applied Research Center’s Director of Research (Dr. Leonel Lagos) visited the United States Department of Energy‘s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. WIPP is the world’s third deep geological repository licensed to permanently dispose of transuranic radioactive waste for 10,000 years; this waste is left from the research and production of nuclear weapons in the United States. During this site visit, Dr. Lagos accompanied Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (Dr. Monica Regalbuto) from the DOE Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM). The trip also included meetings and technical discussions with representatives from DOE’s Carlsbad Office, Sandia National Lab and Los Alamos National Lab.