- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A business group has joined the call for negotiations to continue between state and federal officials over $54 million in fines stemming from a radiation leak at a nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce became the latest group to sign on to a resolution that outlines several recommendations as officials wrangle over the fines.

The city of Carlsbad, the city’s development department and Eddy County previously passed the same resolution.

Officials say a signed copy was being delivered to Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Carlsbad officials have said they’re concerned about the DOE’s position that the fines would have to be paid out of the budgets of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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