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EPA Levels Record Fine Against DOE's Hanford Site

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the biggest fine in the history of the Hanford site.

The EPA has fined the Department of Energy $1.14 million for operational failures at the low-activity waste landfill.

EPA spokesperson Nick Ceto says Washington Closure Hanford did not perform required testing or drain the landfill from May to December of 2007.

There's no evidence of damage to the environment.

DOE has 30 days to refute the fine.

EPA says they will reduce the record setting fine if DOE takes a few new extra steps to control the landfill.

The decision comes just days after it was announced that the landfill would be expanded.