Fines paid by US agency over nuke waste surpass $3.5M


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fines paid by the U.S. Department of Energy to Idaho for missing a deadline to get radioactive liquid waste out of underground storage tanks have surpassed $3.5 million and the money could be used for enhanced monitoring of a huge aquifer beneath the site, officials say.

The federal agency started paying the fines in 2015 for violating a 1992 agreement involving 900,000 gallons of waste sitting above the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer at the department's isolated desert site in eastern Idaho that includes Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's top federal nuclear researc...

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