Officials upset by transfer of nuke dump contract

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Carlsbad officials are crying foul over a decision to transfer record storage — and jobs — for the government’s troubled underground nuclear waste dump out of state.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that in a letter Tuesday to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, city and county officials called the decision a “crime against taxpayers,” and said the government contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Project is abandoning southeastern New Mexico during the “most significant setback of the project’s 15-year history.”

The change comes as the dump is indefinitely shuttered by a mysterious radiation leak that contaminated 21 workers.

Nuclear Waste Partnership on May 7 announced it had awarded the contract to handle all WIPP archives and documents to a Tennessee-based company, TFE.

TFE replaces S.M. Stoller Corp., which employs about 90 people in Carlsbad.

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