DOE finishes toxic waste cleanup at 4 Los Alamos sites

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Energy says it has finished cleaning up toxic waste at four northern New Mexico sites.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that soil at four locations on the south rim of the Los Alamos Canyon was contaminated with waste leftover from the Manhattan Project and early atomic Cold War research.

The cleanup began in June and was conducted by private subcontractor TerranearPMC. The DOE said in early October that it had removed about 133 cubic yards of soil from the area and sent it to a waste disposal site in Utah.

The agency says the project was finished under budget and ahead of schedule.

During the Manhattan Project, scientists worked to develop the atomic bomb later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 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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