Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Hazardous Waste Violations at LANL and WIPP

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) notified the U.S. Department of Energy of violations of state hazardous waste permits for both the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) [managed by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, a joint venture of URS Corporation and B&W Technical Services Group] and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) [managed by Los Alamos National Security, LLC] relating to the handling of transuranic waste that contributed to two significant incidents at WIPP in February 2014. A container filled with radioactive waste from LANL ruptured and caused the indefinite closure of WIPP. NMED found multiple violations at both WIPP and LANL and issued two administrative compliance orders: one identified 13 violations at WIPP and imposed $17.7 million in civil penalties; the other identified a total of 24 violations at LANL and imposed $36.6 million in civil penalties. NMED determined that the violations contributed to an underground fire and a radiological release at WIPP in February 2014.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Penalty Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Los Alamos National Security LLC Unknown
URS Corporation Unknown
Further Information Released
Compliance Order 12/6/2014
NMED Press Release 12/6/2014

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database