DOE agress to pay $136,000 Hanford fine

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The U.S. Department of Energy agrees to pay a $136,000 fine to settle allegations the agency mishandled storing and treating radioactive and hazardous chemical waste at Hanford.

The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Energy department contractors allegedly stored some radioactive waste -- such as contaminated science glove boxes, lab equipment and concrete -- without permits, and placed some of it in a landfill before treating it.

The EPA says the fine is relatively small, because the Department of Energy has already agreed to fix the problem.