115 LANL contractors fired for WIPP leak

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The fallout from the radiation leak at WIPP now includes layoffs connected to Los Alamos labs.

A LANL spokesman confirmed Wednesday that 115 people working for Energy Solutions, the contractor that packaged the barrels that burst open back in February, have lost their jobs.

The contract for company ended Monday because LANL is no longer sending out waste.

It was also the state-ordered deadline for the lab to have thousands of contaminated waste barrels off their property.

It’s still not clear what penalties LANL will face for missing that deadline.

Meanwhile, WIPP scientists are still working on a way to get a closer look at the containers that released the radiation to figure out what went wrong.

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