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U.S., New Mexico agree to settlement over nuclear radiation leak

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant/FIle Photo Waste Isolation Pilot Plant/FIle Photo
CARLSBAD, NM (KWES) -

New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy have inked $74 million in settlements over dozens of permit violations.

The settlements are the largest ever between a state and the Energy Department.

It took months of negotiations.

The settlement comes after the 2014 closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

In February of 2014, a container of waste burst and released radiation, contaminating parts of the facility.

Just a week before that, a truck at the site carrying salt caught fire due to combustible fluids coming in contact with hot surfaces.

The settlements call for the energy department to funnel millions of dollars toward road improvements and environmental projects in the state.

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