- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay a $44,722 fine over hazardous waste storage violations on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The fine was assessed Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a consent agreement.

It involves two incidents from 2013.

In the first, the Energy Department moved 136 drums of hazardous waste to an unapproved area.

In the second incident, DOE submitted a plan to close eight storage facilities that lacked information required under an earlier settlement.

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