New Mexico Holds Federal Agencies Liable for safe Operations in Nuclear Waste Repository

New Mexico Holds Federal Agencies Liable for safe Operations in Nuclear Waste RepositoryYesterday, the State of New Mexico charged $54 million or some more as penalties to the U. S. Department of Energy for several violations which ultimately resulted in the closure of the only existing underground nuclear-waste repository in the country for an indefinite period.

Marking the largest every penalty imposed on the agency the states Environment Department delivered two compliance orders to Ernest Moniz, the Energy Secretary.

The order highlights larger than thirty counts of state-permit violations, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in south-eastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. These might be just the beginning of likely financial sanctions which the Energy Department may face in New Mexico.

The focal point of the matter has been the ruptured container of waste in Los Alamos which happened in one of the storage rooms of the waste plant during the February. The incident contaminated around twenty workers and the plant was forced to close down.

In a statement Gov. Susana Martinez said, "The health and safety of New Mexicans will always be our priority and we have to hold federal agencies accountable for safe operations in the state of New Mexico."

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