New spending bill could cost LANL millions

New spending bill could cost LANL millions

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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