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New Mexico expected to fine Los Alamos Lab over waste

April 2, 2018

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is expected to fine the Los Alamos National Laboratory for exceeding state and federal time limits for storing hazardous waste.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports state officials informed the lab in a letter last month that it stored two hazardous waste containers over the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas.

Sate Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling also wrote that the lab stored three hazardous waste containers over the 1-year storage time limit in permitted units.

Both are violations with fines up to $10,000 a day for noncompliance with New Mexico’s Hazardous Waste Management regulations.

A lab spokesman said it will continue to observe the rules of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and comply as best it can.

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Information from: Los Alamos Monitor, http://www.lamonitor.com

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