KUNM Call In Show 12/11 8a: The New Mexico Environment Department has fined the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory a total of $54 million related to two incidents at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository earlier this year. An underground fire and a release of radiation in February contaminated 22 workers and shuttered the facility.
What are the fines for? And what must WIPP and LANL do to come into compliance with hazardous waste permits? Are the fines enough?
- Patrick Malone, The Santa Fe New Mexican, LANL to Leak
- Donald Hancock, director of the Nuclear Waste Safety program for the Southwest Research and Information Center
New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn from a November 19, 2014, with KUNM prior to the announcement of the proposed fines.