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EPA Fines Department of Energy After Chromium Spill

RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy is being fined by the EPA for a chromium spill in June 2006.

The EPA has issued a $120,000 fine after they said DOE failed to properly report and clean up two chromium spills around the 100-D reactor.

EPA officials said the Energy Department failed to report the spills for nearly two weeks and did not adequately clean them up. They said they reviewed a Department of Ecology report on the incident, before issuing a penalty they said was appropriate for the violation.

"Based on what we determined, due to the time frame of how long these violations occurred, for the time frame that it occurred, they came up with a fine that they felt was suitable," said Tony Brown, an EPA Spokesperson.

The fine consists of three different violations, one for the spill itself and two for waiting to notify the Department of Ecology.

The Department of Energy is still deciding whether they will dispute the fines.

They have 15 days to make a decision.