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PNNL Hit with Fine

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy hit Pacific Northwest National Lab with a $288,750 preliminary fine for a plutonium leak last summer.

DOE issued the preliminary notice Thursday, saying the lab didn't use adequate procedures prior to the leak to prevent off-site contamination.

The lab says there was no airborne release and no injuries or illnesses resulted from the small leak.