- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators are giving the public more time to comment on a plan governing the cleanup of tons of hazardous waste and contamination left behind by decades of research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The state Environment Department announced Friday that the comment period is being extended another 15 days to May 31.

The department will present comments received so far at a meeting next week in Santa Fe.

The draft plan comes after missteps by Los Alamos lab resulted in a radiation leak in February 2014 that derailed the federal government’s multibillion-dollar cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab and other defense-related sites.

State officials have said the goal of the proposed consent order is to accelerate cleanup and leverage more federal dollars for the work.

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