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Mishaps at nuke repository lead to $54 million in penalties
Mishaps at nuke repository lead to $54 million in penalties

New Mexico officials issued fines Saturday of $54 million against two contractors for errors in handling nuclear waste that led to a shutdown earlier this year of the nation’s only operating dump for nuclear weapons waste. The fines come amid a growing frustration among state environmental regulators with errors and sloppy practices by U.S. Energy Department contractors that handle radioactive wastes. The cleanup schedules at nuclear weapons sites across the nation are decades behind schedule, and the New Mexico accident threatens to delay them further. The state’s Environment Department found New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory had committed two dozen violations of...

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