State official: DOE estimate on Los Alamos cleanup too low

Radiation leak costs LANL contractor millions
Los Alamos National Labs

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico official says cleaning up radioactive and hazardous waste at Los Alamos will cost far more than the $1.2 billion estimate by the federal Department of Energy.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said at a public meeting Thursday that the DOE’s cost projection is “far too low” and called for the state and federal governments to have an honest conversation about the issue.

Even with the DOE’s estimate, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to receive $181 million for environmental remediation in the next federal budget.

The state and DOE are revising a 2005 agreement that said the cleanup should be finished by this year. That didn’t come close to happening.

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