Federal budget cuts likely to impact INL cleanup

2013-02-22T10:34:00Z Federal budget cuts likely to impact INL cleanup Twin Falls Times-News
February 22, 2013 10:34 am

IDAHO FALLS (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Energy says looming federal budget cuts could curtail waste cleanup projects ongoing at an Idaho research facility and other sites across the country.

In a letter earlier sent to congressional lawmakers earlier this month, Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined several scenarios for cleanup projects should the $85 billion in automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect March 1.

Chu says funding reductions would put numerous environmental compliance milestones at risk.

The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/ZLbfLF ) the ongoing cleanup at the Idaho National Laboratory could be among those impacted by the reductions.

The cleanup at the eastern Idaho lab is coordinated by CH2M-WG Idaho LLC. Company spokesman Eric Simpson says it's too early to speculate on fallout from the March 1 deadline.

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