$54 mln fine for radiation leak
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".