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Report: Nuke Dump More Focused on Schedule Than Safety

Staff Report
Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A federal report suggests that operations at a troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico were rushed, with management focusing on meeting the scheduled reopening date more than on doing things correctly. 

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the Department of Energy's Independent Office of Enterprise Assessments released a report Oct. 15 that looked at trends at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad to try to find trends in safety. 

The plant was closed from February 2014 until this month. 

The report looks at the plant's operations from May 2014 to May 2015, but was only just released, a point Carlsbad officials are saying is unfair. 

Carlsbad Mayor's Nuclear Task Force Chairman John Heaton says many of the points made in the report have already been resolved.

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