SANTA FE (AP) — The Los Alamos National Laboratory mishandled hazardous waste and should expect to face civil penalties, according to a violation notice issued by the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Environmental Department found 12 violations during a June 2015 inspection, including open waste containers, failure to label containers as hazardous waste, not describing what was inside certain waste drums and failure to properly package drums containing free liquids, The New Mexican reported.
The report also noted that receptacles for newly-generated waste were often too far from the place where the waste was generated. In addition, the lab had incomplete emergency contact sheets and didn't share its emergency plans with first responders.
A failure to promptly correct the problems is also a violation of the lab's waste management permit, according to the violation notice.
Lab managers were notified in the June 1 letter that further lapses could result in legal action or a fine of $10,000 per day. The Environment Department also said a civil penalty would be issued because of the lab's "past history of noncompliance."