Officials upset by transfer of nuke dump contract

Created: 05/15/2014 10:56 AM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad officials are crying foul over a decision to transfer record storage -- and jobs -- for the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump out of state.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports  that in a letter Tuesday to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, city and county officials called the decision a "crime against taxpayers," and said the  government contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Project is abandoning southeastern New Mexico during the "most significant setback of the project's 15-year history."
The change comes as the dump is indefinitely shuttered by a mysterious radiation leak that contaminated 21 workers.
Nuclear Waste Partnership on May 7 announced it had awarded the contract to handle all WIPP archives and documents to a Tennessee-based company, TFE.
TFE replaces S.M. Stoller Corp., which employs about 90 people in Carlsbad.

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