Former president of contractor operating WIPP demoted

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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant - New Mexico

Almost a month after 13 workers were internally exposed to radiation, Farok Sharif, the former president and general manager of Nuclear Waste Patnership, the company contracted by the Department of Energy to oversee the operations of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico has been demoted.

Sharif will be replaced by a former DOE official named Bob McQuinn, who formerly led operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Farok Sharif has been delegated to managing operations to find temporary storage locations for waste materials currently stored at the WIPP facility while it is shut down.

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