(SANTA FE, N.M.) — The New Mexico Environment Department issued compliance orders penalizing the U.S. Department of Energy over $50 million on Saturday related to violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“New Mexico is proud of our national labs and cutting-edge scientific facilities, and we have important rules in place to protect those facilities, the people who work there, and all New Mexicans,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. In total, 37 violations were identified, including 13 at WIPP, the facility that was shut down earlier this year due to an underground fire and radiological release.
The NMED says that the violations including improper handling of transuranic waste by the Department of Energy.
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