$54 mln fine for ra­di­a­tion leak

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - NEW MEX­ICO

has blamed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for the fire ac­ci­dent and ra­di­a­tion leak at a nu­clear waste man­age­ment plant lo­cated in the state. The ac­ci­dents took place in Fe­bru­ary 2014. The state has blamed the depart­ment of en­ergy for 37 vi­o­la­tions of haz­ardous waste per­mits at the waste iso­la­tion pi­lot plant near Carlsbad and the Los Alamos Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory at Santa Fe. The state has de­manded $54 mil­lion in fine for safety vi­o­la­tions. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cluded the "un­der­ground fire" re­ported in Fe­bru­ary and the "ra­di­o­log­i­cal re­lease" in the same month, both at the WIPP fa­cil­ity. An of­fi­cial press re­lease says there were "pro­ce­dural prob­lems that con­trib­uted to th­ese events" and the re­sponse was "less than ad­e­quate".

VER­BA­TIM

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