Nuclear waste leak settlement reached

The state and the DOE have signed $74 million in settlements.

These follow dozens of permit violations following the radiation leak that closed WIPP.

These settlements rank as the largest ever between a state and the DOE.

WIPP has remained closed for nearly two whole years.

A waste container burst and released radiation into the facility underground.

Surface monitors recorded low levels of radiological contamination, and the release exposed 22 workers.

However, officials said none of this posed a threat to nearby communities.