New Mexico Fines Government $54 Million

New Mexico

New Mexico has fined the U.S. Energy Department more than $54 million over accidents at the country’s only underground repository for nuclear waste.

The fines, which state officials announced over the weekend, stem from an underground fire and a radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Nearly two dozen workers were exposed to contamination at the plant, which handles radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear-weapons program.

The fines represent the largest penalties New Mexico has ever levied against the Energy Department, adding that their investigation found major procedural problems.

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