- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn cruised to an easy confirmation as state lawmakers praised him for attempting to hold federal officials accountable for a radiation mishap at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Senate confirmed Flynn’s reappointment with a unanimous vote Friday.

Earlier this week, Flynn threated the U.S. Energy Department with another round of fines that could top $100 million. The department and its contractors already face more than $54 million over the radiation incident.

Democratic Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe called the situation “an absolute mess.” Wirth and others said Flynn has shown leadership while guiding the state through the situation.

Lawmakers also pointed to his efforts to pressure the U.S. Air Force to clean up a decades-old jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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