Environment Department proposes more than $996,000 in fines

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The state Environment Department is fining the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office more than $996,000.

That's because of compliance orders and a violation notice issued over the department's nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP.

The violation notice concerned deficiencies the state found in WIPP's groundwater monitoring program.

The state issued a compliance order after WIPP accepted a drum of liquid waste from the Idaho National Laboratory in June.

Liquids cannot be disposed of at WIPP.

The department issued a second order after WIPP accepted shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratory without first ensuring that the radioactive material in the shipments had been properly described.