LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Top environmental officials and the leaders of some northern New Mexico communities are in our nation’s capitol this week to talk about the cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
They want to make sure the millions in fines levied by the state are paid by the U.S. Department of Energy and not taken out of the lab’s cleanup budget.
Meanwhile, a nuclear weapons monitor says the state’s Environmental Department is considering a $100 million fine against the lab. The Environment Department recently fined both LANL and WIPP $54 million.
A container of waste shipped from LANL to WIPP ruptured last February, closing the facility and prompting the fines.
Work is still underway to clean up hundreds of barrels of waste sitting on LANL property. The deadline to get those out has long passed and there is still a lot of work to be done.