LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – If a new spending bill passes, it would cost Los Alamos National Laboratory more to clean up hazardous waste.
LANL typically receives around $220 million a year to clean up Cold War-era waste, but that would drop to $185 million under the new spending bill. The budget does include a $100 million boost in funding for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
The facility was forced to close indefinitely after a container of waste packed at LANL ruptured in one of WIPP’s storage rooms.
The New Mexico Environment Department recently struck WIPP and LANL with more than 30 violations. The $54-million fine represents the largest penalty the state has ever levied against the Department of Energy.