Udall: DOE fines 'appropriate'

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NNSA > LANL, WIPP could have penalties reduced by the state

By The Staff

There were plenty of reactions across the board at the news the Department of Energy was being tagged with hefty fines by the New Mexico Environment Department.
The two senators from New Mexico both felt the move by the NMED was justified, while a watchdog group wondered if the actions would go far enough.
DOE has been under fire from state and federal authorities since February after an incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, one that was linked to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Tom Udall, who is a former Representative from northern New Mexico prior to running for Senate, found the move to be “appropriate.”
“The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community,” Udall said in a statement.
“…I have long fought for state environmental authority over waste operations. WIPP and LANL are a vital part of New Mexico’s economy and our national security, and with such high stakes, there is no room for error or denial,” Udall said.
On Saturday, the NMED announced it was hitting the DOE with more than $54 million in penalties for violations of state hazardous waste permits for both the WIPP site and LANL.

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