EPA demands resumption of toxics cleanup at Livermore lab

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To prevent further spread of contaminated groundwater on and around Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the federal government on Wednesday ordered the lab to immediately resume its Superfund cleanup activities.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also seeking fines of $105,000, stating there were cleanup violations between February and September, and continuing fines of $10,000 per week, retroactive to Oct. 1.

Laboratory spokesman John Belluardo, however, described the fines as “unjustified” and said the Department of Energy, which runs the lab, plans to appeal.



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