TESTIMONY OF NORBERT T. REMPE, March 4, 1999.
Mr. Rempe received a B.S. and a M.S. in Geology. Mr.
Rempe has 25 years of professional geological experience--
including 10 years at WIPP.
Mr. Rempe compared WIPP to two analogs in Germany. Mr.
Rempe discussed in detail the HERFA/UTE, a hazardous waste
repository in an old potash mine in Germany. The HERFA/UTE
is mined at about the same depth as WIPP in bedded salt and
potash. Mr. Rempe stated that salt in Germany has
successfully contained waste for up to 25 years. However,
the German sites are regulated by a combination of state
mining authorities and environmental authorities. They are
not regulated under the U.S. Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA) or the New Mexico Hazardous Waste
There was no cross-examination of Mr. Rempe.