Hanford Pays Fine to Wash. State Regulators Over Waste Management

Washington state's Department of Ecology has levied a fine against the U.S. Department of Energy, which also promised to change waste management practices at three facilities within the Hanford nuclear complex.

The DOE will pay $15,000 related to violations of state hazardous waste regulations. According to a release from the state agency, the DOE will pay another $246,000 if it does not complete a series of corrective actions within a set schedule. The violations originated at Hanford's Central Waste Complex and its Waste Receiving and Processing Facility in 2011 and 2012. The agreement also affects the complex's T Plant. All are used to store or process mixed waste.

As part of the order issued by the ecology department, the DOE also promised to notify the state more quickly after incidents like spills. The DOE also agreed to change the way it samples and identifies the chemical nature of waste and to conduct more frequent inspections.

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