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APNewsBreak: New Mexico OKs reopening troubled nuclear dump
Published in 23-12-2016
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely. With shipments on hold, tons of Cold War-era nuclear waste from gloves and tools to clothing and other material have been piling up at national laboratories and other defense installations across the country. New Mexico officials have said repeatedly that their review was thorough and that the state had a responsibility to ensure the Energy Department and the contractor that runs the repository addressed the numerous violations and deficiencies revealed by the radiation release. All provisions of the settlement with the state will remain in effect until they are fulfilled, Kathryn Roberts, director of New Mexico's Resource Protection Division, wrote in one of the letters sent last week to federal officials.
Reference: www.chron.com